1. Toeic part 6 overview


1.1. Description of the task

In TOEIC part 6, you will have to read four passages of text. In each reading passage, there will be three blanks to fill in. You will read four possible choices for each blank. You should read the entire passage to make sure you choose the correct choice in context.


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TOEIC part 6 overview


1.2. Types of passage in TOEIC Part 6


– E-mail

– Memo

– Advertisement 

– Instruction

– Article

– Notice


1.3. How to allocate time in TOEIC Reading Part 6?

The maximum time to complete TOEIC part 5 and 6 is 12 minutes. For each question, you will have a maximum of 30 seconds to transfer the answer in your answer sheet. You can allocate time as follow: 

– 10 seconds for each easy question

– 30 seconds for each difficult question


2. Tips to get high score in TOEIC part 6 


2.1. It’s unnecessary to read the whole passage 

Passages in TOEIC part 6 have the same length as ones in part 7 (single passages). Instead of consuming time on reading the whole passage, you just need to look at information before and after the blanks. By doing that, you can answer the questions quickly.

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TOEIC part 6 tips #1


2.2. If you do well in part 5, you may do well in part 6

If you do well in part 5, you may do well in part 6 because the requirements and types of questions in these two tasks are almost the same.


2.3. Pay attention to lexical questions 

In the new TOEIC Reading format, the number of lexical questions has accounted for 70-80%. To prepare thoroughly for this type of question, you need to constantly boost your vocabulary by reading as much as possible.


2.4. Fully understand basic grammar 

The number of grammatical questions in the new format has decreased considerably compared to those in the old format. Besides, grammatical questions in the new format are only at the basic level instead of the advanced level as before. The questions related to verbs are more frequently asked. To cope with this type of question, you need to understand usage of tenses properly. Also, removing wrong answers is also a good way to quickly choose the best answer.


2.5. Learn collocations

When learning new words, don’t learn every single word, you should learn collocations. For example, instead of just learning the word “decision”, you should learn the phrase “make a decision”. By doing this, you can deal with part 6 effectively.


3. Tricks in TOEIC part 6

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TOEIC part 6 useful tricks


3.1. Words or structures with almost the same look but having different meanings


For your protection, we suggest you ship via UPS. A replacement will be made and if the shoe style you returned is not available, a comparable style will be substituted. We guarantee to match the quality of the shoes you used to _______.

  1. wear
  2. wearing
  3. worn
  4. be worn


➨ Trick: In Toeic Part 6, we may encounter words or structures with almost the same look but having different meaning and usage. 

In the above example, we need to use the structure “used to + V_infinitive” which talks about a past routine or situation which no longer exists at the present time. Hence, option A is the best answer. 

Don’t mistake “used to + V_infinitive” for “be/ get used to + V_ing” (which talks about the process of becoming familiar with something).

➨ How to avoid the trick: You need to pay attention to words or structures with the same look but having different meaning.


Used to V – Be / Get used to V_ing  – Used to V: talks about a past routine or situation which no longer exists at the present time

– Be / Get used to V_ing: talks about the process of becoming familiar with something

Lose – Loss – Lost  – Lose (V_infinitive)

– Lost: past simple + past participle 

– Loss (N)

Some phrases often appear in the TOEIC exam such as get lost, the lost luggage,  the lost property, etc. Lost is also used as an adjective. 

Unable / Disabled  – Unable (adj): to not be able to do something

Example: He is unable to run the business. 

– Disabled (adj): not having one or more of the physical or mental abilities that most people have

Example: The accident left him severely disabled

Rise – Raise  – Rise (intransitive) 

– Raise (transitive) + object

Remember to V – Remember V_ing  – Remember to V: means having a memory of something in the past.

– Remember V_ing: means recalling that there is something we need to do before we do it.

3.2. Relative pronouns


My apartment was in Crystal Heights, _______ might be OK for you. It’s only a 15 minute walk to the office and in a really nice part of Shelby. What’s your budget? 

  1. What
  2. Which
  3. That
  4. Who


➨ Trick: Many people think that any “Wh-question” words are relative pronouns. 

In the above example, because “Crystal Heights” is a place, we can not choose option D. Besides, there is a comma after “Crystal Heights”, so we can not choose option C. There are two options A and B left. The best answer here is “B: which” because “A: what” is not a relative pronoun. 

➨ How to avoid the trick: 

– We need to remember: which/ whom/ who/ that/ whose/ when/ why/ where are relative pronouns, except for what and how. 

– Pay attention to three following structures:

the preposition of place (in/ on/ at) + which = where
the preposition of time (in/ on/ at) + which = when
the preposition of purpose (for) + which = why 

3.3. Adjective and participles


Ms. Monica Eisenman

555 King Street


New Zealand

Dear Ms. Eisenman:

I am _____ to confirm our offer of part-time employment at Western Enterprises. In your role as research assistant, you will report to Dr. Emma Walton, who will keep you informed of your specific duties and projects.

  1. pleased
  2. pleasure
  3. pleasant
  4. pleasing


➨ Trick: Comparing between options

Option A: Past participle

Option B: Noun

Option C: Adjective (used to describe a person, place or thing)

Option D: Present participle (passive form)

“Our offer of part-time employment at Western Enterprises” makes “I” “pleased”, so “I” was affected and must be in passive form. The option A is correct. 

➨ How to avoid the trick: 

– This is one common trick in TOEIC part 6. Many people think that a verb added “ed” will become an adjective. However, in fact, words with the ending “-ive, -able, -ible, -al, -ful” are also adjectives.

–  If the blank requires a word describing people, places, or things, choose a “standard” adjective. If the blank refers to the event affected, choose participle.


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