Short Conversations in the TOEIC test? (Explanation
The TOEIC test scores are accepted globally as it is
a clear indication of the level of proficiency of a
person in the English language. The test consists of
two parts; the first part is the reading and
listening section and the second is the speaking and
The Listening Test is made up of 100 questions which
need to be completed in 45 minutes the section Short
Conversations is part of the Listening Section in
the TOEIC Test which tests your skill in
comprehension and understanding of the text that you
have just heard. Numbered question I V, there are 30
questions based on Short Talks that you need to
answer. So you need to be really skilled in
understanding what you hear and be able to answer
the questions at the same time.
About the Short Conversations Test
The test comprises of short conversations that take
place between two people and there are multiple
choice questions that are based on the text of the
conversations. There are ten such conversations in
total and each conversation has three questions
based on it. You need to choose the right response
to each of th3e three questions from the four
options – a, b, c and d- that are given. One factor
that is most important is that neither is the
conversation printed in the test booklet nor can you
hear it for the second time.
Some of the topics in the conversations are related
to work place locations, situations, events and
people, and one speaker giving suggestions and
solutions to problems faced by the other speaker.
Travel related conversations are also a part of
Examples of Short conversations questions: (The
Transcript is provided at the end of this page)
1. What is the conversation about?
a. Cutting costs
b. Meeting mother
c. A holiday
d. A conference
2. Why is the woman traveling by bus?
a. She wants to meet her mother
b. She hates tube travel
c. She loves bus travel
d. She is saving costs
3. Why is she taking a day’s off?
a. She needs more traveling time to attend the
b. She wants to meet her mother before attending the
c. She has a plenty of annual leave left
d. She does not have any leave left
Explanations: 1. Question # 1 - What is the conversation about? Answer is Option D - A conference
The option A is cutting costs. But the conversation
is about traveling to attend a conference and the
topic of cutting cists comes up only as a solution
to the mode of traveling. And the conversation was
not about the mode of travel but why the woman was
The option B is not the right answer because the
purpose of the woman’s travel was to attend a
conference but meeting her mother is secondary as
she is making a detour to meet her mother before she
attended the conference.
The option C is not the right answer because she is
not going on a holiday but traveling to attend a
2. Question # 2 - Why is the woman traveling by
bus? Answer is Option A - She wants to meet her mother Both the options B & C is not the right answers
because she does not mention she hates tube travel
or that she loves bus travel.
The option D is also not the right answer because
she is not traveling by bus just to save costs but
because it is convenient for her to meet her mother.
3. Question # 3 - Why is she taking a day’s off? Answer is Option B - She wants to meet her mother
before attending the conference
The option A is not the right answer because she
does not mention she needs for time to attend the
conference Both the options C & D are not the right answers as
there is no talk of either having plenty of annual
leave or not having enough annual leave.
Man: Do you want to be given a lift to the tube
station? The manager is traveling to the new branch
and it would be convenient for him to drop you. This
would be help in saving costs.
Woman: Actually I'm not traveling by tube. I'm going
to the conference by bus. I have to leave tomorrow
so that I am able to meet my mother before attending
Man: That's right. I forgot that! You did mention
you wanted to meet your mother. Are you taking
Woman: Well, I worked overtime last Saturday on the
day we had the meeting, so I just thought of taking
a compensatory off for the day after tomorrow. And
yes, I shall be taking a day’s off tomorrow to meet