English skills tests

English literacy assessments are designed to assess a candidate or employee's ability to read and write coherently.

English Literacy Assessments

We provide a wide range of web-based English skills tests that provide an effective assessment of your employees’ and candidates’ literacy. These assessments are not specific to a particular job role or profession, meaning that organisations from all industries will benefit from discovering candidates’ level of literacy.

Results gleaned from having candidates conduct a literacy assessment online provide employers with a well-rounded view of employee English skills, helping organisations to ensure that the written communication of employees is up to the required standard.

  • Copy Editor
  • Administrator
  • Personal Assistant
  • Proofreader
  • Journalist

Skills Tests

These tests offer a quick and efficient way for you to track progress in relation to testees' literacy; you can see just how well your current or potential employees have performed.


Our proofreading skills assessment ensures that your company only selects job candidates with high literacy levels, who can proofread and edit effectively.

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English Vocabulary skills tests are used to assess a candidate's vocabulary and their ability to use appropriate vocabulary in a professional setting.

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Reading Comprehension

How good are your candidates at comprehension? Find out with the Skillsarena reading comprehension test which evaluates applicants' levels of comprehension.

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The English Grammar skills test, is a pre-employment assessment used to ensure candidates have the appropriate level of grammar skills for a work setting.

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Evaluate the spelling abilities of your candidates with the online English spelling test for adults from Skillsarena.

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What are English Literacy Assessments?

Regardless of the job you are recruiting for or the industry the candidate will be working in, having both a good grasp of the spoken British English language and strong levels of comprehension is vitally important. Regardless of an individual's level of education, possessing adequate reading and writing abilities are paramount.

English Literacy Assessments are standardised, computer-based assessments that provide employers with an opportunity to pinpoint a candidate's literacy standards and measure their use of the English language in a professional setting. Tests within the literacy assessment online module assess a candidate's ability to use the correct grammatical form, their spelling capabilities, vocabulary knowledge and proofreading skills.

Why use English tests?

The literacy skills tests will allow you accurately view and assess the core skills of an individual so that you can better decide if they are the right fit for your company.

Check your candidates have the required skills

Would you like to be 100% certain that your applicants have the literacy skill they claim to have? No matter what the position is, an employee will need to be able to effectively communicate with other employees during their working day.

Enhance your selection process

Testing the literacy skills of your applicants during the selection process will make for a more effective face-to-face interview. Your mind will be put at ease, as you will know that your potential employee has the right level of literacy to be considered for the job.

Save time and effort; Improve your filter process

When recruiting from a large candidate pool, putting your applicants through a literacy assessment online will allow you to effectively filter candidates to only qualify those who have the levels of literacy that you are looking for. By using the assessments above, huge amounts of time that would usually be spent interviewing unqualified applicants will effectively be saved.

Choose from a wide range of literacy skills tests

When hiring for a position requiring literacy skills, our English Literacy tests are just what you need. You can choose between the Grammar Skill Test, Spelling Skill Test, Vocabulary Skill Test, Reading Comprehension Skill Test, or Proofreading Skill Test. Alternatively, you can use all of the skill tests within this module to assess literacy.