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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

  • Nigeria

    May 18, 2022

    It was engaging from start to finish!

    I enjoyed the timed comprehension passages. They took me back to the days of SATs and had my mind very engaged for the whole duration.

  • Uganda

    May 12, 2022

    Critical and comprehension thinking needed

    I like that it made me read very fast but disliked the fact that I was too fast and didn't get some key notes.

  • Philippines

    May 11, 2022


    I dislike the time limit because it pressures me to answer faster and to comprehend the question quickly, but it also helps me practice to do my job quickly and accurately.

  • United States of America

    May 10, 2022

    Reading Comprehension

    This test was pretty easy. There were a few different passages that you had to read and answer questions based on the information in the passage.

  • India

    April 29, 2022

    Easy to understand

    The test was on easier side. I found the passages easy to understand. as per the question part questions were easy too, but I am not sure about the answers.

  • United Kingdom

    March 29, 2022


    Enjoyed doing the test. Interesting that I answered all questions but because question 4 was multiple choice, I lost points.

  • India

    February 26, 2022

    Reading skills and understanding are important things to answer the questions with presence of mind

    It provides lots of information and it helps to take decision or answer the questions within time limit and practice on your reading skills with mind ability.

  • Ireland

    February 21, 2022

    First test

    Reading the information from the passage a few times was beneficial to answering. It had to be read quickly though and time I felt was against me in the middle section of the test

  • Philippines

    February 19, 2022

    To reread the text or passage carefully for us to comprehend its meaning

    The texts seem simple but complicated at the same time. I was deeply challenged by it and it caused me to appreciate the test, regardless of my results.

  • South Africa

    February 05, 2022


    The test was very helpful and also had very good questions and multiple passages. I would give this test a 5-star review.