Although the TOEIC is aimed primarily at working professionals with a high English proficiency, the Education Testing Service also administers a simpler version of its TOEIC exam which it refers to the TOEIC Bridge. The TOEIC Bridge is meant to measure the basic listening and reading English-language skills used in everyday situations by beginner- and intermediate-level speakers.
Although a relatively recent addition to the TOEIC portfolio, the TOEIC Bridge test is currently used by language schools, universities, and other institutions as a way to guide their placement decisions and also as a means to evaluate their English-language programs. Its influence continues to grow and in 2010, Chile used the exam as an official part of its nationwide SIMCE English test. According to the Ministry of Education, it used the TOEIC Bridge because the test is aligned with international standards for students learning English as a second language and allowed it to assess the level of knowledge of the nation’s students using an objective, reliable and internationally accepted tool.
In Chile or elsewhere, the structure of the exam is similar to the TOEIC Listening and Reading test and likewise uses a paper-and-pencil, multiple-choice test format. The test is divided into two sections, 1) Listening Skills and 2) Reading Comprehension.
1) The Listening Skills section evaluates the listening comprehension abilities of non-native English speakers using 50 spoken questions delivered via audio cassette or CD over the course of 25 minutes.
2) The Reading Comprehension section evaluates reading comprehension in English through the use of 50 written questions on a variety of topic over the course of 35 minutes.
The test is usually administered onsite by the schools and institutions who proctor the exam but occasionally official TOEIC testing centers may be used. Private individuals can still sit for the exam by contacting their closest testing center.