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Why you need Literacy Skills Tests

Literacy Skills Tests

Regardless of the job role or industry, having literacy skills is a fundamental requirement. This is where our Literacy Skills Tests come in, our employment assessments  Spelling Test, Grammar Test, Vocabulary Test, Proofreading Test and Reading Comprehension Test within the module offer a full comprehensive range.

The assessments within the Literacy Skills Tests Module are ideal for recruitment purposes when hiring for a position that requires specific English Language skills, as they provide you with the confidence to make an informed hiring decision that your job applicants have the right skills beforehand.

Or do you want to help develop your existing staff further? Utilise the module assessment to benchmark your teams current skills and identify areas of development to help them improve their reading and writing proficiency.

Overview of Tests

The literacy testing units in this module are designed to assess a candidate’s ability to use British English in a professional setting. The assessments enable you to identify and evidence the candidate’s 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 from interview and recruitment to employees’ professional skills testing, development and training.

Customer benefits?

All tests within the Literacy Module are available at three different difficulty levels – Fundamental, Core or Professional. At the point of assignment, the level can be assigned.

Each literacy assessment are specifically designed around subject matters. These allow you to easily identify and assign the appropriate assessment for the role or subject knowledge required. Performing a literacy skills test online 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 literacy test questions and ensures the results presented are accurate to that subject being measured.

Fundamental test level

• Foundation Level GCSE • CSE (prior to 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


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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Require bespoke adjustments to these tests?

All our online language 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 literacy assessments, click here.

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Skillarena have given us a fresh perspective on our workforce and the motivation to build upon attracting the right people through an engaging employer brand.
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.
Mark Gillmam Recruitment Business Partner, Southern Housing

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