Tips Part 3 TOEIC Test Listening. This is the 3rd part and also a difficult part for the candidates in the TOEIC test because the audio is quite long, 2 different people talking. However, under the new exam format, Part 3 has become even more “more difficult”. This article will show you how to do as well as useful tips to safely pass Part 3 of the TOEIC test.
If you have not studied TOEIC Part 1, TOEIC Part 2. Tricks Magical show the lesson link below:
I. TOEIC Part 3 General
1. Structure of Part 3 Toeic Test
In this section, candidates will hear 13 short non-printed conversations in the test. Each paragraph has 03 questions, each question will have 4 answers and the candidate’s task is to choose the best answer.
With the new TOEIC test format applied from June 1, 2019, Part 3 has become more difficult with specific changes as follows:
- Increase 9 sentences (from 30 to 39 sentences)
- Dialogues with 3 speakers instead of 2 people: 1 man & 2 women or 2 men & 1 woman
- Candidates must combine what is heard with the given chart / chart to answer questions.
- There are questions that force readers to rely on what they hear to predict what the speaker is saying
- If you are not familiar with the changes to the new TOEIC format test, please review HERE.
2. Allocate time to work – Tips Part 3 Toeic Test
Before starting the TOEIC listening part 3, you will hear the instruction for 30 seconds. You should focus your mind so as not to be distracted right at the beginning of the test.
After listening to the dialogue, you will hear 3 questions related to the dialogue. The time to read the question is 1 second, the interval between questions is 8 seconds. That is, after finishing the dialogue you have 27 seconds to answer all the questions before moving on to the next dialogue.
So when listening to the 3rd question, you have to quickly solve all the questions and use the remaining time to read the next paragraph.
Of the 3 questions corresponding to the conversation, there is definitely a question about specific information. You should not spend too much time on a question because it is difficult to remember all the information in the past dialogue. Focus on getting used to the time distribution so that after listening to the third question you have started reading to the next conversation.
3. Topics appear regularly
Part 3 often appears some common topics:
- Office information (times, meetings, documents, equipment, appointments)
- Personal information (salary increases, promotions, current jobs)
- Travel (business trip, price, time)
- Restaurants (restaurants), real estate (real estate), and retail (retail)
- Free-time activities (activities in free time)
4. Common types of questions
Common types of questions in TOEIC part 3
A conversation in Part 3 is always structured: Greetings, general introduction – Specific details in the conversation – The speaker refers to what he or she is prepared to do / did.
Therefore, in each paragraph, there will be three small questions that follow the listening sequence, equivalent to the contents: Ask the general information, Ask the details and Reasoning questions, accompanied by the sentence Ask with 4 answers A, B, C, D respectively to let you choose.
a. Type of main idea question
You will hear the answer to this type of question right in the beginning of the conversation. The frequently asked questions of this section are:
What is the conversation about?
What is the topic of the conversation?
Who are the speakers talking about?
What are the speakers talking about?
The answer to this question is usually located in the first 2 sentences in the conversation.
b. Detailed question types
This type of question will ask more in depth about the topic of the conversation such as:
What problem does the woman have?
What does the man suggest?
Or What is John’s job?
You need to listen carefully to the conversation to capture this information.
c. Type of inference questions
The deductive question is judged to be difficult because it not only assesses how well you understand the listening material, it can also be based on the information heard to infer the answer that is not included in the listening part.
What is the relationship between 2 speakers?
What will the woman probably do next?
Where is the conversation likely taking place?
So this section has a total of 39 sentences. If in Part 1 and 2 of the TOEIC test candidates can rely on tricks to find the correct answers, then in TOEIC Part 3, you must completely rely on the content from the conversation.
This is a difficult point for those who have weak listening skills as well as analyzing the hearing information. Besides, the element of reading voice, reading speed, intonation will also more or less make it difficult for candidates without a solid foundation.
II. Tips Part 3 TOEIC Test Listening
1. Reading questions – Determining content
Reading questions in advance and predicting answers is the most essential step when taking the TOEIC test. Watch the video of the lecture below to better understand how to do this:
When reading questions and identifying content, you should follow these steps:
- Step 1: There is a section for each conversation beginning, and this is enough time for you to read through the questions and the 4 answers one at a time. Through reading in advance, you can predict the content of the listening section and partly prepare psychologically for the official audio.
- Step 2: After the dialog is played, you should listen carefully to choose the correct answer and fill in the Answer Sheet. This section will be simpler when you read ahead and anticipate the information of the answer.
- Step 3: After that, when the tape comes to the question and answer of the conversation, it is time for you to read the question of the next conversation to make your own predictions.
This cycle is repeated to maintain the pace of the test.
To do this process, you need to read the meaning of the question and imagine what the conversation is about and where it might take place.
For example: What does problem does the man have?
A. He dropped his phone.
B. He paid too much money.
C. His call got cut off.
D. His minutes were limited
Based on the question, we can guess that the man is having problems with his phone and may be complaining about it to someone (service center, friends, family …).
Application exercises – Tips Part 3 TOEIC Test Listening
- What does the woman ask for?
A. A ride home
B. A bus schedule
C. An umbrella
D. Advice about a car
- Where does the man need to go at three o’clock?
A. To the bus stop
B. To the train station
C. To the auto shop
D. To the dentist’s office
- What does the man say about the weather?
A. It is cold.
B. It is raining.
C. It is windy.
D. It is sunny.
Reading these three questions, one can guess that a female character is asking a male character to do something. In this conversation, two people talked about the issue of time (three o’clock) and the weather.
Therefore, when listening to audio you need to pay close attention to this information.
You can listen to audio to determine if the predictions are correct.
2. Determine the role of each character
In the TOEIC Part 3 listening, you will be able to come across conversations between two or three people. If you do not identify the role of each person in the conversation, you will be very confused and confused when trying to catch up with what the character says.
Therefore, the first thing you need to practice is to identify the voice of each person and the role of that person in conversation: Who is this woman, what is the relationship with the other person? Who asked, who answered? Does the inquiry have any additional information or anything?
During listening practice, you should note the information heard from each character separately, then listen carefully to once again understand the content of the conversation.
Example: When you hear the question “What does John advise?” (What does John recommend?), If you can tell which one is which, John will make the question easier to distinguish and choose the answer.
Application exercises – Tips Part 3 TOEIC Test Listening
- What are the speakers mainly discussing?
A. A recent vacation
B. An art class
C. Plans for the weekend
D. Their work schedules
- Who is visiting Kyoko?
A. Her sister
B. Her daughter
C. Her mother
D. Her aunt
- What did Ann do last week?
A. She visited a museum.
B. She worked overtime.
C. She saw a play
D. She went biking
(M-Am): Hi Kyoko, surv Ann. What are you doing this weekend? I thought we might go hikking on Saturday.
(W-Am): Sounds like fun, Ann, but my sister is visiting from out of town, and I’m taking her to the art museum on Saturday.
(M-Am): Oh I know your sister will really enjoy the art museum. I was just there last week. the new sculpture garden is really worth seeing.
Obviously, if you determine who Kyoko and Ann are in the conversation, it will make it easier for you to answer questions 42 and 43.
3. Inference from available data
The dialogue in Part 3 will usually be a request or question. Therefore, you can immediately get answers to the first question if you listen carefully to the first sentence of the conversation.
For deductive questions, you need to listen carefully to the sentence and exclude inaccurate alternatives. Answers can use synonyms, not directly words in conversation. Therefore, you also need to constantly supplement your vocabulary.
- What will the woman do in Houston?
A. A Play
B. A dance performance
C. A film
D. A concert
51: What is the man concerned about?
A. The length of the show
B. The quality of the performance
C. The cost of the ticket
D. The location of the theater
52: What will the woman probably do next?
A. Call to order tickets
B. Read a review of the show
C. Go to the ticket office
D. Check the schedule online
In the first sentence, you can hear the speaker mentioning “new play”, so the answer à A is probably not to be discussed.
Going to the next question, the question is about what men are worried about. At the conversation, the man said, “I don’t know if I can afford it right now” (I don’t know if I can afford it). But this paragraph does not make sense about where the “capable” men go. In the next sentence, the character answers and mentions “ticket” and “a reasonable price”. So we can deduce from the previous sentence that the male character is worried about the ticket price of the show.
Question 3 is clearly different when the character mentions “I’m calling the theater in a few minutes to order tickets”.
(W-Br) Are you interested in seeing that new play by Joan Watson at the Carter Theater? My husband and I are planning to go.
(M-Am) sidewve heard the acting and the sets are wonderful, but I just went to the opera, and I donn’t know if I can afford it right now.
(W-Br) Well, I’m calling the theater in a few minutes to order tickets, so I can let you know if there are any seats still available at a reasonable price.
(M-Am) That would be great. Then I can decide if I want to go or not.
4. Avoid traps Part 3
There are many traps in the TOEIC part 3 test, the most common are reverse information traps and information noise traps.
a. Traverse the information
You often hear conversations about negative factors and levels, for example:
What kind of fruit do the man like most?
Maybe in the conversation, the character mentioned all four fruits above, but at different levels of love, you need to listen carefully to know the level of the character like. In this trap, you often hear structures like: “I like it but …”, “I used to, but …”, “I’d love but …” but at first I heard that the character agreed / love it but it’s not.
b. Information jam
You will hear a lot of information of the same type in the song, but only one of them is true, the other is to make you confused and confused information.
When does the man have to complete an assignment?
A. On Thursday
B. On Friday
C. On Saturday
D. On Sunday
When listening to the conversation you will see the sentence: “In order to make the Sunday edition, weekly give me your final draft on Friday afternoon”. Thus, you hear both (B) and (D), but (B) is correct because (D) is the Edition, not the assignment deadline.
Tricks Magical have come up with a useful method to help you approach Part 3 easily. To continue improving the score in Part 4 you can learn more at the link The way solution Part 4 TOEIC LISTENING.