TOEIC Lesson 2: Woman in Clothing Store


In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over a type-2 question from TOEIC speaking test. Describe the photo in your own words; you have 60 seconds to answer.

Test Question

Directions: In this part of the test, you will describe the picture on your screen as much detail as you can. You will have 30 seconds to prepare your response. Then you will have 45 seconds to speak about the picture.

Question 3



How did you do? Use the following pointers as a guideline to refine your answer.

  1. What is the theme of the picture?
  2. Organize the photo into 3 parts:
    • Describe the person’s main action
    • Describe the objects in the picture
    • Describe what you see in the background
  3. Think of expressions and vocabulary that describe person, objects, and background
    • Clothing (=apparel) store selling women’s clothes
    • Clothes rack
    • A lot of summer clothes hanging on clothes racks
    • In the background of this picture
    • A selection of comfort wear
    • Different types of woman’s pants and shirts are hanging on the wall
    • Judging by the clothes she is wearing and the clothes displayed at the apparel store in this picture
    • It seems to be spring or fall
    • Wear a pink, striped blouse
    • Hold a pair of sweat pants
    • Feel the fabric
    • Has bleached hair
    • Look at the price tag
    • Pick out woman’s comfort wear
  4. Combine the expressions above to describe the picture in your own words.

Sample Answer

Reading great sample answers is one way to improve. Go over the sample answer with your tutor. Ask questions if you have any.

Sample Answer

I think this is a picture of a clothing store that sells women’s comfort wear. A young, pretty woman wearing a pink, striped blouse and black jeans is holding a pair of black sweat pants while feeling the fabric to figure out the quality of the clothing. Also she looks like she is looking for price tag. A lot of women’s shirts and pants hanging on the clothes rack have different colors and patterns, such as pink shirts and flower prints. In the background of this picture, there are a display of tank-top on a manikin, and many handbags displayed on the wall. Judging by the clothes she is wearing and the clothes displayed at this apparel store, it seems to be spring or fall.

Further Study

Got more time? Here is a list of common vocab words related to the text you studied today. Go over each one with your tutor.

Additional Expressions

suit and tie (n) formal clothing
e.g. dress code: suit and tie for gentlemen and cocktail dress for ladies 
tank top (n) sleeveless shirt with low neck
e.g. I forgot the tank top for my yoga class
trousers (n) (usually) loose-fitting pants
e.g. a pair of pants [=trousers]
pullover (n) sweater that must be drawn over the head
e.g. a pullover jacket/sweater
cardigan (n) collarless knitted sweater with open front
e.g. cardigan sweater
jersey (n) a loose shirt worn by a member of a sports team as part of a uniform
e.g. a football jersey
overall (n) pants with chest cover and shoulder straps
e.g. I always (a pair of) overalls before I paint the house.
sneakers / running shoes (n) shoes designed to wear while running or playing sports
e.g.also called training shoes in UK
trench coat (n) usually long raincoat with deep pockets and a belt
e.g. Burberry is known for its trench coats.
comfort wear (n) comfortable clothing; lounge wear
e.g. Comfort wear includes sweatpants, sweatshirts, and PJs. 

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