Bridge English Placement Test

The Bridge English Placement Test measures competencies in all English language and academic skills, including reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Per University requirements, all incoming international undergraduate students must take the Bridge English Placement Test before beginning their first semester at the University to determine if English as a Second Language course work is needed during their first semester at the University. Failure to complete the Bridge Placement Test requirement may result in a hold being placed on the student's account.

Fall 2020 testing

Fall 2020 testing is now available online. Please allow two hours to complete the test.

How to register

Please contact  the University Writing & Speaking Center to register:

Phone: (775) 784-6030
Email: writing_speaking_center@unr.edu

Bridge Placement Test FAQ

  • Bridge Requirement

    As per University requirements, all incoming international undergraduate students must take the Bridge English Placement Test before beginning their first semester at the University to determine if English as a Second Language course work is needed during their first semester at the University.

    Failure to complete the Bridge Placement Test requirement may result in a hold being placed on the student's account.

  • Who is exempt from taking the Bridge Placement Test?

    Students:

    • with a TOEFL score of 100 (internet-Based Test), 600 (Paper-Based Test) or higher
    • with an IELTS score of 8 or higher
    • with a Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic score of 80.
    • with a degree from an American university or college
    • who have completed English 101, 102, or the equivalent from an American institution
    • from Australia, Bermuda, British Virgin Isle, Canada (except for Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, and United Kingdom
  • What is the Bridge Test?

    The Bridge English Placement Test measures competencies in all English language and academic skills (Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking)

    The test is scored by ESL professionals with decades of collective experience. The evaluators then make recommendations based on the test results.

    The reason for incorporating the Bridge courses into the curriculum and requiring the student to take the course(s) during the first semester of their university studies is to improve and refine the student’s language skills, as well as to ensure academic success during what may be the student’s most challenging semester.

  • What are the Bridge courses?
    • The Bridge course series include English 112A (Listening), English 112B (Speaking), English 112C (Reading), and English 112D (Composition)
    • The courses are three credits each.
    • English 112D is the pre-requisite for English 113 (the equivalent of ENG 101, but for nonnative speakers of English).
    • Students take Bridge classes concurrently with academic classes.
    • Undergraduates can have up to 6 credits count towards electives.
    • These credits are counted towards your full time enrollment (12 credits for undergraduates).
  • What do the results mean?

    Based on the results the student may receive one of three recommendations:

    • Required: If the results show that the student’s lack of skill in Reading, Writing, Listening and/or Speaking will impede progress in their academic discipline, the evaluator will require the course in the skill the student demonstrates weakness.
    • Recommended: If the results show that the student’s skill in Reading, Writing, Listening and/or Speaking is adequate but could use some improving to facilitate progress in the student’s academic discipline, the evaluator will recommend that the student take the course to enhance their language proficiency.
    • No Bridge required: If the results show that the student’s English ability in Reading, Writing, Listening and/or Speaking is more than adequate to complete his/her studies successfully, the student will not need to take any of the English 112 courses.
    • If you do well in the composition portion of the test and you are an undergraduate student, you will be given permission to enroll in ENG 113 (the equivalent of English 101 but for non-native speakers of English).

    Scores can be seen in the MyNevada Test Section as follows: 

    • A score of 50 means ENG 112 course required
    • A score of 75 means ENG 112 course recommended
    • A score of 100 means no ENG 112 course needed
  • When will the results be available?

    Students will receive confirmation of the test results within 48 hours of completion of the test. The University Writing & Speaking Center will submit test results to be entered in PeopleSoft, in the admission tab and under the test section.

  • Who will enroll the students in the ENG 112 courses?

    The University Writing & Speaking Center will automatically enroll students in the required Bridge course(s). The University Writing & Speaking Center can also enroll a student in a recommended Bridge course but only if the student or their advisor whishes us to do so.