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Basic Comprehension Tests

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Most job roles require a foundation level of the English language and a basic verbal skill set. This includes, but is not limited to, operational, customer service, administration, help desk and commercial.

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How are basic comprehension tests scored?

Basic comprehension tests are used to evaluate basic language skills. Simply put, it’s an English test that is scored in the same fashion as school tests. However, wrong answers may subtract from your total score.

What are basic comprehension tests used for?

Basic comprehension tests are used for assessing a person’s language and comprehension skills. Based on simple language, usually not exceeding middle school levels, these tests demonstrate how well you can read, your level of understanding and your ability to solve simple questions.

What do basic comprehension tests involve?

Basic comprehension tests involve language problems of varying difficulty. Most of the questions are rather similar and might include reading short passages, finding word meanings and analysing text.

What do basic comprehension tests measure?

Basic comprehension tests measure a person’s language and comprehension skills. Focusing on foundation level language knowledge, these tests assess how fast and sharp is someone’s logical thinking.

Where can I practice basic comprehension tests?

We use language on a daily basis. However, to revive the knowledge beyond the ABCs of everyday language you should practice solving these problems. You can find all the most popular comprehension tests on our website alongside with tips and tutorials

Which employers use basic comprehension tests?

Basic comprehension tests are among the most widespread selection techniques. They gained their popularity because they are designed to assess basic education and intelligence level needed for every job that requires an ability to think fast and use logic.


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Basic Comprehension Tests Tips

1Scanning the whole test

It is advisable to quickly go through the entire test to have an overview of the number of passages and questions under each of them. Doing this will help you to plan your time carefully and avoid spending a lot of time on one passage. Since most of the comprehension tests are timed, scanning through the entire test will allow proper time management and ensure that you complete all the questions on time.

2A careful reading of instructions

Students are required to be keen when reading the passage instructions to avoid missing or misunderstanding key points that may be necessary for answering the questions. For instance, the instructions may require you to respond to questions in a given fashion failure to which may make it difficult to pass the test.

3Avoid relying upon outside knowledge

You are supposed to carefully read the provided passage at least two times. After reading, you are supposed to answer the question asked based on the passage as opposed to using knowledge outside the given passage. Therefore, you should ensure that all the answers are backed with information derived from the passage.

4Reading the questions first

It is advisable to go through the questions first before reading the passage. Such a practice makes you aware of the type of information to look for in the comprehension during the actual reading. It also helps you to concentrate on important phrases or words in the passage, and this enables you to skim as opposed to reading every word, thus saving time particularly where the time allocated for the test is limited. Starting with passage reading then proceeding to read questions often makes it necessary for you to search through the passage repeatedly and this could consume a lot of time.

5Making strategic guesses

It is advisable to go through the choices provided for the passage questions before answering them to avoid the likelihood of being fooled by nearly correct options. Such a practice can be improved by first eliminating the answers that you are certain are incorrect and then choosing your answer from those remaining.

Employing the above tips can help in maximizing your score when undertaking comprehension tests. These tips also help in improving your language art skills by enabling you to visualize, synthesize, connect, and determine the significance of the passage. Finally, these tips can help you to quickly make inferences and in finding the main idea as well as the gist of the comprehension, thus improving your test scores.

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What our customers say about our Basic Comprehension tests

  • Kenya

    November 23, 2022


    I liked the way the questions are designed, in a way that, one has to think and come up with the most logical answers, and not refer to direct answers from the passages

  • United States of America

    November 12, 2022

    Basic Comprehension

    This was a great practice test to see where my thoughts are aligned within these selected questions.

  • Philippines

    November 10, 2022

    Challenging exam!!!

    It was a great way for someone like me to further my knowledge on reading, language and comprehension.

  • Australia

    November 03, 2022

    Very helpful

    It has been a long time since I have done my last comprehension test, and this was very helpful for warm-up

  • Malaysia

    October 08, 2022

    Reading the question is more important than anything else

    I liked the format of the questions, but the fact that the questions are restricted to multiple-choice is rather disappointing. I know that it would be hard to implement written questions, however, so this is understandable.

  • United Kingdom

    September 23, 2022

    The key parts of the text

    I liked how you could go back and re-do your answer even if u have answered it. I also like how there is a timer in the corner to tell you how long you have left. It really helped

  • Pakistan

    September 23, 2022

    Easier comprehension aptitude test,💯

    This test is so good. In this test you improve your qualities. it's a little hard but no problem probably it's too much to satisfy💯💯

  • Trinidad and Tobago

    September 20, 2022

    It was very helpful

    It helped me prepare for my English test tomorrow. The questions and paragraphs were precise and clear.

  • India

    September 14, 2022

    What I like about this test?

    I like the idea of giving an online aptitude test as it helps me to understand better and work on my imperfection.

  • Philippines

    September 07, 2022

    Read with understanding

    I like this test because it helps me exercise my comprehension of the articles that I am reading. That helps me focus to answer the question. Dislike the test because of the time pressure as I never have experienced this kind of test for such a long amount of time.