TOEIC Test Listening Part 3 Tips

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Hi there, it’s Riiid TUTOR! TOEIC Part 3 evaluates necessary communication skills in business and daily life, and there are problems you have to solve after listening to conversations between two or three people. A total of 39 questions will be given, with 3 questions for each passage (dialogue). Part 3 problems show questions and multiple choice options in text, so you can read the questions before listening to the passage. If you read the questions first, you will be able to solve the questions more easily during the TOEIC test. The clues to the correct answers for the TOEIC Part 3 questions usually appear in the order of problems presented, as the conversation flows along. Therefore, there is a pattern in the order and type of questions that are presented, and knowing this will help master TOEIC part 3. Then, shall we take a look?


Tip for TOEIC Part 3 first question of each text: Don’t miss the beginning of the conversation!

The first question of each passage in TOEIC Part 3 is mainly questions where you can find answer clues at the beginning of the conversation.

Asking the topic, purpose of the conversation:

Why is the man calling the woman?

What are the speakers mainly talking about?

Asking the identity or occupation of the person in the conversation:

Who most likely is the woman?

Or asking where the conversation is taking place:

Where most likely are the speakers?

Where is the conversation taking place?

So, you should listen carefully to the beginning of the conversation! Also, please note that when asked about a person’s identity, occupation, or place of conversation, you may need to examine the context of the conversation to solve the question, without being presented the information directly.


Tip for TOEIC Part 3 second question of each text: Don’t miss the details!

In order to solve the second question of each passage in TOEIC part 3 well, you should not miss the details. As for details, it is important to identify key words. For example, if a question asks, “What is the problem?” you should not miss the problem within the conversation’s situation.

A question asking about intent could be something like: “What does the woman mean when she says, “I’m afraid not”?”. In these cases, you have to listen carefully to what is inside the quotation marks (“”). For these problems, you should read all the multiple choice options before the passage comes out. This way, you can listen to the words within the quotation marks.

Problems involving visual information also appear in TOEIC part 3. Like the previous type of questions, you should check the chart or picture before the listening passage comes out. If you look through these in advance, you may be able to get a rough idea of what the conversation will be about.


Tip for TOEIC Part 3 last question of each text: Don’t miss the end of the conversation!

Often, there are questions where the conversation ends with speaker A suggesting or requesting speaker B to do something or telling him or her what to do next. In these cases, the last question asks information related to this.

Suggestions such as “What does the woman ask the man to do?” are frequently mentioned directly in the text. However, the questions of what to do next in the form of “What most likely will the speakers do next?” are sometimes not directly addressed. Fortunately though, even if it is not directly mentioned, if you understand the context of the conversation, you will be able to solve the problem.


High score tip for TOEIC Part 3!

Shall we now look at tips on getting a high score for TOEIC part 3? As we have gone through earlier when we looked at the previous problem types, there are structured storylines in TOEIC Part 3 dialogue texts. If you learn these storylines, you will be able to master TOEIC part 3 more easily. As you solve more and more problems, you will find yourself being able to predict how the latter part of the conversations will unfold after just hearing the first parts.

Another tip is to improve the ability to interpret options because you can look at them even before listening to the passages. If you read the options quickly and interpret them correctly, you can listen to what you need to hear in the passage without missing it.


Part 3 TOEIC Vocab Examples: Let’s memorize them like this!

If you’ve looked at the storyline and problem types of TOEIC part 3, now we’ll take a look at sample vocabs that appear frequently in TOEIC part 3. It will be easier to memorize vocabulary if you group words according to relevant topics of the passages.


Various contextual sample vocabs related to workplaces or companies

Various situations within the company are frequently covered across all parts of the TOEIC test.


<Human resources vocabs related to recruitment, promotions, vacations, etc.>

job opening
successful candidate
be qualified for
have years of experience in
be promoted to
look for a replacement
transfer to
day off
be on vacation


<Marketing vocabs>

advertising agency
appeal to
boost sales
be over budget
come up with
conduct a survey
launch a new product
market research
marketing strategy


In TOEIC part 3, questions about events in the company are often asked. Memorize the related TOEIC vocabs.


<In-company event vocabs>

awards ceremony
farewell party
scheduling conflict
training session
host an event
look for a venue
make a reservation for


<Company facility related vocabs>

be temporarily unavailable
It doesn’t work.
install a software
have a trouble with
wiring work


TOEIC exemplary vocabs related to residential situations

book a house viewing
be conveniently located
for lease
fully furnished
move in/out
give a quotation
real estate agent


In TOEIC part 3, housing-related information is often presented. Shall we learn some related vocab?


TOEIC exemplary vocabs related to transportation


<Airplane-related vocabs>

book a flight
on board
baggage claim
boarding pass
connecting flight
flight attendant


<Train, subway related vocabs>

get on/off
miss a train
transfer to
final destination


<Car, train related vocabs>

fasten one’s seat belt
pick 사람 up
bus stop
unexpected accident


TOEIC sample vocabs related to orders and delivery service

track the delivery status
within 5 working days
confirm an order
shipping charge
express delivery


Content related to shopping is also one of TOEIC’s regular topics. In part 3, there are some situations related to orders and deliveries, so let’s look at the related TOEIC vocabs.


Memorize TOEIC Part 3 vocabs strategically!

What did you think about the TOEIC test vocabs we found out about today? The listening passages of TOEIC part 3 are longer than those of parts 1 and 2, so the topics of the listening texts are diverse, as are the vocabularies that are presented. You may be a little frustrated at the number of vocab you need to memorize, but try and study them together by grouping the frequently asked TOEIC vocabs for each topic of the passages. Studying relevant vocabs together can reduce the time it takes to memorize them! Experience a short-term TOEIC score improvement using effective TOEIC study methods.



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