In the reading section of the TOEIC Bridge (Test of English for International Communication), a test taker has to read sentences and short texts. There are 50 questions in the reading section. Test takers will read single or multiple sentences, as well as texts, and then answer questions, based on what they read. The reading section of TOEIC Bridge has three parts:
- Sentence Completion (15 questions)
- Text Completion (15 questions)
- Reading Comprehension (20 questions)
If you wish to prepare for the TOEIC Bridge effectively, read on!
Sentence completion-15 questions
Sentence completion consists of choosing the correct word/words to fill-in a blank in a sentence. There will be four words or phrases under each sentence. You need to select the word or words that best completes the sentence. Let’s look at an example.
I’m ____ tired. I’m going to have a nap.
The correct answer would be ‘very.’
Questions that use more than one word look like this:
Emma wants ____ make dinner tonight.
- me by
- me for
- me to
- me of
The correct answer would be ‘me to.’
As you can see, these questions are not very difficult and intended for someone with a low-intermediate or lower level of English.
Text Completion- 15 questions
In this section, the test taker reads a short text that has three missing pieces: a word, a phrase or a sentence. You need to choose the best answer from four choices for each missing piece. You must consider all of the text so that your answer fits with the information. Let’s look at an example.
Professor Nathan Boson’s (1) __________ on physics will now be at Philosopher’s Hall on Saturday, March 12th. The lecture (2) _________ promptly at 8p.m. Admission is free. (3) ________________________________________.
The answer that fits the best is ‘lecture.’ The second sentence refers to one lecture only.
- will begin
- will beginning
- will open
- will opening
The best answer is ‘will begin.’ We need a simple future tense and we normally don’t use the verb ‘open’ for lectures or the start of things.
- Please show your student I.D. for admission at the front door.
- Please bring your wallet.
- Please bring cash only to pay.
- Please pay with credit card or debit card only.
The sentence that best fits is the first one since the text mentions that the lecture is free and at a university.
Reading Comprehesion- 20 questions
Basically, you read a short text such as a notice and answer multiple choice questions about the text. There is more than one short text.
Let’s take a look at an example reading.
“No smoking on university grounds”.
The notice means
- Do not smoke at the university.
- Do not smoke on the grass.
- Do not smoke on the playing field.
- Do not smoke on the football field.
The correct answer is ‘Do not smoke at the university.’ University grounds means any part of the university. You would see a number of other readings that are notices, emails or announcements about everyday events and things. No special knowledge or vocabulary is needed. The texts are normally less than 125 words long.
There is an abundance of test taking tips on the internet, and it can be confusing. Three basic ideas will help you to succeed:
- Practice a lot and for a while.
Language is a skill, not something that you can cram for two days prior to the test. You don’t learn to become a great piano player by practicing for a couple for days or a week. It takes time, so make sure you give yourself enough time. A good knowledge of the structure of the test is also an advantage.
- Practice with suitable test questions
Sure it is good to watch a movie in English or your favorite TV show, but it won’t help you with the reading questions. Find reading questions (online or from an official text) from TOEIC Bridge to practice with. You need to get used to the types of questions that you will be reading. Make sure that the practice materials are at your level and represent what is on TOEIC Bridge; don’t use your older sister’s IELTS reading questions, for instance, as they will be too difficult and not represent what you will experience on TOEIC Bridge.
- Manage your Time
Time flies is a short and apt description of what happens when you prepare for something important. Successful students and successful people in general, manage their time effectively. They schedule regular study sessions and stick to the schedule. That means you turn off your social media and eliminate other distractions when you are in a study session. Watching a YouTube video on test taking skills is helpful, but then going to watch the football highlights is not.
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