Aspects Should You Keep In Mind When Doing Fill-In
The Blanks In The TOEIC Test?
Since the TOEIC Test is to test communication in the
work place with an international environment, the
questions too are similar to situations and the
written work that goes on in business organizations.
This is one of the most important factors that you
need to keep in mind when doing the TOEIC Test. For
example the Fill in the blanks texts is usually made
up of business letters, emails, faxes, and other
correspondence. So the right option should suit the
context and the vocabulary used in that context must
be appropriate. Also the option that you choose
should be grammatically correct for the completion
of the blank so that the sentence makes complete
Some Factors to Remember in the Fill in the Blanks
* Look out for words that have a similar
beginning or ending. This can be quite confusing and
at times you might overlook the right word.
Eg: reuse/ revise, inactive/inaction, alter /altar,
stationary / stationery
* Remember to relate the whole text and not just
the words preceding or following the blank.
* Take note of the words that are repetitive and
a. Variety of different designs (correct – variety
b. An aged old man (correct – an aged man / an old
Free gifts (a gift is always free)
Brief moment (a moment is always brief)
* Practice well prior to the test to ensure you
have complete understanding of the verb tenses.
a. Give, gave, giving, given, gives,
b. Take, took, taking, taken, takes
* Take care to note the difference in the word
forms and choose your answer correctly.
a. Nicely, nice, niceties
b. Differ, defer
c. Difference/ deference
d. Revere / river
* Time management: Always keep a tab on time when
doing the Fill in the Blanks Test and follow the
time pattern that you have decided during your
* Keep in mind is that the texts are based on
work place environments so the vocabulary must be
* Recap all that you have read in your practice
sessions regarding the do’s and don’ts when doing
* Before choosing the right option you may
consider eliminating a few options that might seem
wrong, as this will help you make the choice faster.