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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

  • Philippines

    July 22, 2022

    having a good comprehension and readings skills are vital to the call center field

    Long paragraphs can make the test challenging in some respects, but reading the question first and then looking for the correct statement can make it simpler.

  • Philippines

    July 22, 2022

    Hotel Reservations and Handling a call with good computer skills

    What I like about the test is that it's very challenging and it helps me to understand hotel reservations and call etiquette and how you handle the calls.

  • Philippines

    July 22, 2022

    review about the test

    the one thing that i like about the test is that the questions are so logical and it makes me think more carefully.

  • Philippines

    July 22, 2022

    knowledge about customers service.

    *having a short period of time when answering the questions *what I like is that it will help you enhance your reading comprehension.

  • United States of America

    July 10, 2022

    Take your time

    I like how the passages were simple and straightforward. You have enough time to read but you also want to pace yourself because time can run out very quickly.

  • Philippines

    June 13, 2022

    The text needs to be read carefully to answer the questions correctly.

    The test is simple, but despite the questions being simple, you have to actually read and understand the text to be able to answer the questions, which makes it a good test for reading comprehension.

  • Romania

    June 12, 2022

    Great test for training

    This test really gives you a view of the comprehensive skills a pilot should have so it is well worth taking.

  • Australia

    June 04, 2022


    However I missed where the time was and I would have popped an answer in for the last question if I had known I was about to run out of time!

  • United Kingdom

    June 02, 2022

    It is a good way to practice for your tests

    It wasn’t too hard but not too easy either; it was OK. It is a very good way of practising for exams.

  • Philippines

    May 24, 2022

    Enjoyed it

    I enjoyed this test and was hoping there would be more free question for me to answer because I can't afford to pay :) Even though I am thankful for you guys for letting me take this for free – God bless and take care.