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Why do you need a Reading Comprehension Test

If you’re hiring for a position requiring specific skills in understanding English language context & meaning, then our Reading Comprehension Test is exactly what you need to ensure your job applicants have what it takes before you employ them. It’s fast, efficient and will give you confidence to make a smarter recruitment decision.

Or do you want to re-train your existing employees? Develop them with the relevant comprehensive skills they need to improve their day-to-day work.

Overview of Tests

Designed to test an individual’s ability to extract key information from a sample of text. Candidates are shown a variety of question styles including true or false statements and multiple choice questions. 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.

Choose from four available subjects: Advertorial | Customer Service | Management | Sport

Recommended Applications

For those who need to be able to recognise & extract key information from a sample of English text and make inferences from that information.

Complementary Tests:

As well as our Reading Comprehension Test, there are several complementary tests that come under the Literacy Skills Tests module:

Difficulty Levels Available:

Fundamental test level

Required to read the text & then answer the questions by directly referencing information from within the text. A candidate taking the Fundamental level of a test is expected to have subject knowledge aligned to a foundation level GCSE graduate.

Core test level

Required to lookup key information from multiple paragraphs across the text & candidates may be required to make inferences from analysing the written text as a whole. A candidate taking the Core level of a test is expected to have subject knowledge aligned to a higher level GCSE graduate.

Professional test level

Required to answer questions from analysing the text as a whole & making conclusions based on that analysis. This test builds on Core by increasing the quantity of text provided & increasing the complexity of the vocabulary used. A candidate taking the Professional level of a test is expected to have subject knowledge aligned to an A-Level graduate.


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English Comprehension Test FactFile


Key Skills Measured:
  • Communication Skills
  • British English
  • Articulation
  • Reasoning
Test Detail:
  • 6 Questions presented
  • 15 Minutes to allowed to complete
  • 10 Minutes average completion time
  • Practice test available
Subjects Available:
  • Advertorial
  • Customer Relations
  • Management
  • Sport
Complementary Tests:

Reading Comprehension Test Sample Question

Q. How was the support assistant made aware of which product the customer was referring to?
(Only one answer provided is correct from the choices available)

The customer emailed a picture of the product.
The customer arranged a time to call.
 The customer said the product name.
The customer said the policy number.

Reading Comprehension Test sample question
Reading Comprehension Test Sample Report

Reading Comprehension Test Sample Report (Advertorial)

Sample Reading Comprehension Test – Advertorial (core) report to get a feel for the type of analysis you can receive from a candidate taking this test.

Report clearly shows the candidate’s percentage score, as well as giving them a percentile score against others in your organisation and worldwide.

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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