Want to Boost Up Your TOEIC Score? How to Solve that Problem for Reading (part 3)

The TOEIC strategy technique series is now the third time! Listening Part 1 and Part 2 were short in script and seemed to be able to get through with short-term concentration. However, Part 3 introduced this time has much more text than Part 1 and Part 2, and more information has to be heard.
So this time, I would like to give you tips on how to capture Part 3 for those who do not want to lose a few points. Let’s get started!

When, where, who did what

Listening Part 3 is a question that answers about 3 questions to 8 or 10 sentences of 2 to 3 people in English. The voice is read only once and the text to be read is not printed. Questions and options (A), (B), (C), and (D) are printed, so it is recommended to look ahead at the options even a little. By the way, the time available for prefetching is about 8 seconds for each problem.

 First let’s read!

The important thing in Part 3 is listening to “when, where, who did what”. If these are heard correctly, it is no exaggeration to say that Part 3 is a complete strategy! If you say that, you will have no trouble if you can do that. I used to think about the same thing. So I went to practice first reading and understanding ‘when, where, who did what’. Look at the example below.

Man: jully rully art. How may I help you?
Woman: Hello, this is Mia Brown, art manage office. I’d like to speak with Mr. Smith. I’m sure he’s expecting my call.
Man: I’m terribly sorry, but he’s on meeting now. He left me a massage for you that he mailed the picture to your office this morning, so it should arrive tomorrow.
Woman: great. That exactly why I was calling. I’ll make a phone call if it isn’t here by the day after tomorrow.

How is it? If you see all these texts in English, reading them will be a bit difficult. I think it is more difficult to listen and understand, even though it is difficult to read. So, at first, I read the same amount of sentences as in Part 3, and made my brain remember the sense of grasping the outline of “when, where, who did what”. How about looking at the previous example in Japanese?

 Easy to see in Japanese

As you can see in Japanese, I’m not saying that difficult.

When → this morning
Where → Brown ’s office
Who → Smith
What I did → sent a painting
If you are in Japanese, you can easily get an overview. Let’s do this in English.

The TOEIC question book is recommended as a practice material. The topic is specialized in business, and the amount of text is not too short and not too long so you can practice close to practice.

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Get used to synonyms

In the TOEIC problem, word replacement frequently occurs. So I looked at the TOEIC vocabulary beforehand and simulated in my head how it could be rephrased. For example, the word budget. What kind of paraphrasing pattern can this be considered?

 Master the paraphrase

The budget can be rephrased in various ways such as our money, company’s money, decided money. It may be possible to paraphrase “Money that we were talking the other day”.

Even just thinking in advance, you can grasp the word from many angles and it will be a good training of the brain. At the same time, TOEIC words can be learned, so it was a practice of two birds with one stone.

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Use materials from other countries as well

When I actually tried listening practice, most people would hear a reference book CD sold in Japan, but TOEIC is a universal test. You can find various exercises on Youtube.

 For instance…


The sound is a little quick, but the content is solid and good practice.



Although it is a site in Vietnam, a lot of sound sources are provided besides Part 3.

If you’re from overseas, you can study English just by reading the explanation in English.

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1. Find out when / where / who did what!
2. Simulate paraphrasing while practicing words!
3. Overseas practice questions are also recommended!

I hope the above exercises will be useful. See you soon!

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