Best TOEIC Prep Books

The Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) is an English language test designed specifically to measure the everyday English skills of people working in an international environment. Each year, millions of people in around 150 countries worldwide take the TOEIC exam in order to demonstrate proficiency in the English language.

There are different forms of the exam: The TOEIC Listening & Reading Test consists of two equally graded tests of comprehension assessment activities totaling a possible 990 score; the newer TOEIC Speaking & Writing Test comprises tests of pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, fluency, overall coherence, and structure (organization of sentences) totaling a possible 400 score.

Are you looking for the best TOEIC prep book and study guides? Have a look at our team’s hand-picked list of the 5 best TOEIC books for 2017 and read reviews on why we recommend these resources as the most effective study guides.  Hopefully you can find one that works for you.

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COMPANY Barron’s TOEIC Kaplan Test Prep Cambridge University Press Arkadian InterMedia Oxford University Press
PRICE  $37.28  $24.04  $27.37  $19.99  $45.94
PAGES  1264  540  272  204  263
FORMAT Paperback Book with MP3 CD  Paperback Book with Audio CD  Paperback Book with Audio CD  Paperback Book  Paperback with Audio CD
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Barron’s TOEIC Superpack, 2nd Edition


Written by a former member of the Executive Board of TESOL, Dr. Lin Lougheed’s TOEIC Superpack is an easy-to-use strategic guide to the TOEIC.

Academics and professionals looking to validate their English language proficiency by taking the TOEIC will get the most comprehensive preparation available anywhere with Barron’s TOEIC Superpack. It consists of the new 7th edition of Barron’s TOEIC with MP3 CD; the 2nd edition of TOEIC Practice Exams with MP3 CD; and the 5th edition of Barron’s Essential Words for the TOEIC.

All in all, however, the Barron’s TOEIC Superpack is an excellent and valuable set of materials. As such, this is highly recommended as one of the best TOEIC books currently on the market.

TOEIC Premier 2018-2019 with 4 Practice Tests: Online + Book + CD


TOEIC Premier 2018-2019 provides a comprehensive review of the content and abilities tested on each section of the TOEIC exam.

This comprehensive guide features:

  • 4 full-length practice tests with audio portions on CD-ROM and online for the most test-like experience
  • 900+ practice questions and items covering the sections of the Listening and Reading exam
  • Detailed explanations for practice questions
  • In-depth review of the content and abilities tested on each section of the test
  • CD with audio tracks for 30+ hours of test-like listening and speaking practice
  • NEW and EXCLUSIVE Interactive online center with practice test feedback, score reports, and video-based content

Cambridge Grammar and Vocabulary for the TOEIC Test with Answers and Audio CDs


Cambridge Grammar and Vocabulary for the TOEIC Test practices all the grammar and vocabulary you need to achieve a score of 700-850. Extra TOEIC practice test sections mean you can perfect your technique before the real test. Audio recordings provide extra listening practice.

In sum, this book is an easy and novel way to build your English vocabulary and grammar. If you are looking to focus specifically on vocabulary and grammar, this may well be the best TOEIC book out there.

Master the TOEIC: Strategies: Effective Techniques and Methods to improve your TOEIC


In Master the TOEIC: Strategies  you will find unique and effective Techniques and Strategies for the TOEIC Reading and Listening Test, along with common TOEIC Business English Words. The TOEIC secrets and TOEIC tips you can learn here will help you get a great TOEIC score.

Most test-preparation books for English-language students are written for students who already have a high-level of English. But Master the TOEIC: Strategies is written for test-takers who are still working on building their English language ability. The techniques in this book are written using as simple English as possible. The author is such a smart and creative teacher that makes everything interesting, just like his classes. I even recommend this for students who already took the TOEIC and would like to improve even more.

Tactics for TOEIC Speaking and Writing Test Pack


Tactics for TOEIC Speaking and Writing Tests Pack is authorized by Educational Testing Service (ETS) and contains official TOEIC items. This complete preparation course will help students develop the necessary skills to do well on the new computer-based Speaking and Writing tests. It focuses on building the range and understanding of language use, and awareness of key-testing strategies needed to get a high score. The Pack includes a Student Book, Class Audio CDs, Key and a Tapescripts booklet.