Macmillan Language House has published a number of books focusing on the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication), especially on how to prepare for the test.

Although most are practical exercise books, "TOEIC Test Tetsujin Densetsu," by Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, is interesting to read. Chapters 1 and 2 focus on Hasegawa, who aced the TOEIC in March 2000 and again this past January.

Hasegawa managed the perfect scores by following his own study methods, and without ever leaving Japan. After resigning from his job as an assistant professor at a university two years ago, he decided to tackle the TOEIC. Now he teaches English as a freelance instructor at cooperate seminars and preparatory schools for overseas study. He has set a goal for himself of a perfect score on the TOEIC seven times in a row and full marks on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) as well.

In the opening chapter of his book, Hasegawa recounts the process from the first time he took the TOEIC to his first perfect score five times later. In Chapter 2, he introduces his study methods through a talk with Satoshi Saito of Macmillan Language House, who also aced the TOEIC in May 2000, 10 years after he first took the test. Through the interview, Hasegawa explains in concrete terms how he studied English, giving practical advice to readers hoping for higher scores.

Hasegawa says the weak point for those studying only in Japan is listening. He says he has improved his listening ability by listening to NHK radio's English programs every day.

In Chapter 3, he presents sample questions for both listening and reading comprehension.

The book costs 1,400 yen.

Daily Yomiuri (2001/7/13)