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, incoming international undergraduate students may be required to 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.

Testing information

To register for the test, please send an email with your NSHE ID number, noting that you want to register for the Bridge Test, to There is no charge for the test.

You will be sent an invitation to the Bridge Test WebCampus/Canvas course. Please accept the invitation and then you can take the test.

We recommend taking this test on a desktop or laptop computer with a stable internet connection. Taking this test on a smart phone is not recommended.

All sections of the test are timed, and you will need to complete four quizzes:

  • Listening: includes watching videos, taking notes, and taking a quiz.
  • Speaking: includes answering question making sure to speak clearly and loudly enough for your responses to be understood.
  • Reading: includes reading an article and answering quiz questions.
  • Writing: includes a choice between two given topics to write about.

The listening and speaking portions of the test are averaged, and the reading and writing portions of the test are averaged. You should be notified of your placement based on your scores within 48 hours.

If you have questions, contact Maureen McBride at the University Writing & Speaking Center at or (775) 784-6030.

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