Taking the TOEIC can be a very stressful. You will be nervous both before and during the test.
Here are some things you can do to reduce your stress before the Test begins!
During the week before your TOEIC Test
1. During the whole week before your Test Day, wake up at the time as if each day was Test Day. This way your body and mind is used to getting up and thinking about English at the same time.
|Example: if you plan on getting up at 7:00 a.m. on Test Day, then wake up at 7:00 a.m. for whole week before your Test Day.|
2. Practice TOEIC Questions (both listening and reading questions) at about the same time of day you test will be for several days before the test. This will prepare your mind to think about the TOEIC at that time of day, reducing your mind’s stress toward listening and reading intensely so early in the morning.
|Example: if your TOEIC Test begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, then on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday spend about 30-60 minutes practicing TOEIC Questions beginning at 10:00 a.m.|
3. Don’t study any TOEIC the day before the Test! Give you mind a day’s rest—this will help relax it, and help it prepare for tomorrow’s test. Research shows that “cramming” (trying to read and learn information right before taking a test) usually only increases stress and does little to improve you TOEIC score.
If you feel you should study, practice basic TOEIC skills like skimming and scanning, or listening for main ideas. However, DO NOT study anything new! If you want to practice doing TOEIC questions, review TOEIC questions you have answered before—this way you will build your confidence in finding correct answers and identifying wrong answers.
4. Visit the Test Center. If you can, go to the TOEIC Test Center sometime before your Test Day. See how long it takes you to get to the Test Center from your home—this way you won’t be late to you Test!
5. Practice filling out the TOEIC Background Questionnaire. At the Test Center, before you begin the TOEIC Test, you will spend about 30 minutes filling out a Questionnaire asking for personal information about your name, educational experience, and reason for taking the TOEIC. You want to practice filling out this form before Test Day, because it will reduce your stress of having to understand some difficult questions the Questionnaire asks.
Download the TOEIC Examinee Handbook: Listening & Reading from www.ets.org, along with the Answer Grid, and bubble your answers as you would on Test Day. You will find the Questionnaire on Pages 15-18 of the Handbook. If you have any questions about this form, contact us.
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