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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.

Basic Comprehension Video Tutorials

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What our customers say about our Basic Comprehension tests

  • Philippines

    July 24, 2021

    The most important thing you is to read the passage slowly; that enables you to understand full meaning of it

    One thing I like about this test it allows me to execute the knowledge I have upon reading every passage presented. Some choices are confusing, but you have to think about what you've read and find out the correct answers.

  • South Africa

    July 16, 2021

    Focus

    I enjoyed the test. It taught me to stick to the content and answer what is required from me, not what it is likely to be.

  • Egypt

    July 08, 2021

    Best experience someone may have in comprehension skills

    I liked the way the questions were arranged. However, the thing that annoyed me is that I can't take the other tests for free!

  • India

    July 01, 2021

    Learning made fun

    I found it pretty good....but I want some texts like moral stories or some exciting stories which will be fun to read & answer the questions.

  • United Kingdom

    June 17, 2021

    Getting info from a passage of writing

    I liked how you could get the information if you looked carefully but I don’t like how you can’t go back and check over your answers like you could in a real exam if you have time.

  • United States of America

    June 13, 2021

    A little anxiety

    Thank you for these practice tests. I notice that I have anxiety when I am forced to answer test questions in a timely manner.

  • Australia

    June 06, 2021

    This was great! Simply set out

    Simply set out, and easy to read. However, some of the wording was a little difficult to understand and there were a few spelling errors.

  • United Arab Emirates

    June 05, 2021

    Good

    It was splendid and helped me prepare for my English exam tommorrow. I will do very well on the exam and receive one of the highest scores in the class.

  • Malaysia

    June 04, 2021

    Understanding the overall passage

    I like the fact that if you read the whole passage first, it's easier to answer the questions without reading the whole passage again.

  • Jamaica

    June 02, 2021

    Pretty intriguing

    The test was quite a nut breaker. I was trying to do the test based on the time that was given. I’m hoping I pass.