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TOEIC® Research Topics

Our approach to research is comprehensive and consistent with best practices in language assessment. We make explicit claims about the qualities of the TOEIC® scores and how they should be interpreted and used to make decisions. We support these claims with evidence from our test development process and ongoing research. We encourage all our stakeholders — score users, test takers and teachers — to examine our claims and the evidence that supports them. We focus on supporting the following claims related to these core categories:


TOEIC scores are consistent, and not improperly influenced by factors unrelated to language ability.

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TOEIC test design and processes are rigorous and systematic, supporting score interpretations that are meaningful, fair and relevant to the real world.

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TOEIC scores can be used to make fair and equitable decisions that reflect the needs and priorities of score users.

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The TOEIC program benefits test takers and score users and has a positive impact on English teaching and learning.

Learn more about positive impacts

In order to provide valid, fair and reliable test scores, the TOEIC Research program aims to support the quality of the TOEIC tests through ongoing research. For an inclusive overview, see a list of all TOEIC research studies and reports in one place and understand why organizations trust TOEIC scores for their relevant decision making.