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Why you need English Language & Literacy skill tests?

If you’re hiring for a position requiring specific Literacy skills, then our specific English Language & Literacy skill tests are exactly what you need to ensure your job applicants have what it takes before you hire them. Our pre-employment assessments such as Spelling Test, Grammar Test, Vocabulary Test, Proofreading Test and other tests within the module offer a full comprehensive range. It’s fast, efficient and will give you confidence to make a smarter hiring decision. Or do you want to re-train your existing employees? Provide them with the relevant skills they need to improve their day-to-day work.

Overview of Tests

This module is designed to test a candidate’s ability to use British English in a professional setting. The assessments within this module enable you to identify and evidence the candidate skills set at the level and type you required. Covering basic spelling through to verbal reasoning this module can be utilised at any stage of the employee life cycle.

Customer benefits?

Separate assessments are specifically designed around subject matters. These allow you to easily identify and assign the appropriate assessment for the role or subject knowledge required. This also allows the results to be presented specifically for the subject or skill being measured providing you with a clear and comparable output for each candidate.

Candidate benefits?

Assigning the appropriate subject assessment to the candidate minimises the length of the assessment, eliminates the need for the candidate to have to answer unnecessary / unrelated questions and ensures the results presented are accurate to that subject being measured.

Fundamental test level

• Foundation Level GCSE • CSE (PRIORTO 1988) • Foundation Diploma

Core test level

• Higher Level GCSE • O-Level (prior to 1988) • Higher Diploma

Professional test level

• A-Level • Advanced Diploma • BTEC National Diploma

Assessments available:
Key skills measured:
  • Checking
  • Reasoning
  • Accuracy / Speed
  • Attention to detail
  • Keyboard skills
  • Listening
  • Communication


English Language & Literacy FactFile Collated


spelling test

Spelling Test

Designed to test an individual’s ability to recognise the correct spelling. The difficulty through Core and Professional levels, are increased by the rarity of the word being spelled and the legibility of the incorrect options available.

grammar test

Grammar Test

Designed to test an individual’s ability to recognise and utilise correct grammatical form.  The Fundamental level tests a candidate’s ability to create a sentence and spot errors. At Core and Professional levels, the difficulty is increased by raising the complexity and rarity of grammatical errors.

vocabulary test

Vocabulary Test

Designed to test an individual’s ability to utilise a wide range of vocabulary. The difficulty level is increased from Fundamental to the Core and Professional levels by the obscurity of the given words and the relevance of the options to the given word.

reading comprehension test

Reading Comprehension Test

Designed to test an individual’s ability to extract key information from a sample of text. At all levels, candidates are required to read the text and answer questions. At Core and Professional levels, the text length and complexity of the language used is increased.

proofreading test

Proofreading Test

Designed to test an individual’s ability to recognise spelling and grammar errors from a sample of text. Candidates are shown a sample of text selected by the administrator (4 subjects are available). At Fundamental level candidates are required to highlight only the spelling and grammar errors. At Core and Professional levels candidates are also required to type corrections for the errors identified.

verbal reasoning test

Verbal Reasoning Test

Designed to test an individual’s ability to utilise a wide range of verbal reasoning skills. This test has progressive difficulty, with the questions becoming harder as a candidate progresses through the test.

Next steps….

Do you feel our English Language & Literacy tests and assessments could be beneficial to your company?

Why not get in contact for further information or on pricing, either through our contact form or by calling 0203 693 2201.

Require bespoke adjustments to these tests?

All assessments can be adjusted to meet your specific needs. Bespoke activities often include the addition of organisation specific questions relating to specific software, company policies and procedures as well as the removal of questions if required.

To find out more about our bespoke assessments, click here.

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Alison Tookey Employee Relations Advisor, Home Retail Group
Choosing Skillsarena was the best business decision we made, the system is slick and easy to use, our business processes are faster and I recommend the company when speaking to other about their recruitment problems.
Alan Blake Managing Director, Secom Plc
Skillsarena’s tests have been used throughout the organisation for all levels of recruitment up to the most senior and have been very well received. The response to the tests has been overwhelmingly positive. All of our recruitment managers are absolutely delighted.
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