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Literacy practice tests

We hope that you enjoy all our free Literacy practice Tests and literacy test tips!

Literacy Test Introduction

Literacy test questions and passages reflect the sort of texts that teachers are likely to encounter at school. This is what’s called a highly face valid test.

The forty-five minute test is divided into four sub-tests. It starts with a spelling test, and is followed by three others – punctuation, grammar, and comprehension. These last three sub-tests can be completed in any order on the real test. To complete the test you need to be proficient at using a computer keyboard to type in answers. You will also need to scroll down to read long passages of text, and be able to drag and drop your selected answer into its correct position in the passage.

Literacy Test pass mark

Firstly, there are forty-eight available marks on the literacy test – one per question.

Secondly, depending on which version of the test you take, the pass mark varies. It is lower for a test with slightly harder questions and higher for a test with slightly easier questions.

Thirdly, the pass mark for the benchmarked literacy test is sixty percent – or twenty-nine marks out of the forty-eight available. Your result will be given to you at the end of the day

Finally, practice examples of different types of literacy test are provided below.

Literacy practice. Girl reading book.

Literacy Test Tips

The first type consists of a single sentence containing a word in brackets. Replace this word with the most viable alternative. Of the five multiple-choice alternatives suggested, select the one that comes closest in meaning to the word in italics.

Firstly, LITERACY Practice Test Type 1 Questions.

Verbal reasoning tests may also take the form of analogies, where the respondent’s vocabulary and knowledge of simple verbal relationships are being tested as part of their overall verbal reasoning ability. Some examples of this type of verbal reasoning test practice are given below. Interpret the meaning that connects the word shown in large type on the left-hand side (i.e. spider in the first question) with the word shown in small type on the right-hand side (i.e. web). Apply the same verbal reasoning to connect the second word shown in large print on the left-hand side (i.e. duck) with one of the multiple-choice answer options.

Secondly, LITERACY Practice Test Type 2 Questions.

Verbal tests may also take the form of antonyms. Some examples of this type of verbal reasoning test practice are given below. Select the multiple-choice option that is the opposite in meaning to the word shown in bold print.

Thirdly, LITERACY Practice Test Type 3 Questions.

Verbal tests may also take the form of selecting the odd word out from a group of words. Some examples of this type of verbal reasoning test practice are given below. Identify the common connection between four of the five words and then choose the multiple-choice option corresponding to the odd word out.

Fourthly, LITERACY Practice Test Type 4 Questions.

Practice English test answers

Here are our answers to the above Practice English tests

Analogies Verbal Test answers

Antonyms Verbal Test answers

Literacy answers

Odd One Out answers

Free online psychometric test practice

 Free online numerical reasoning test practicefree online verbal reasoning test practice

Literacy practice. Old books

Literacy Tips

We offer all these free Professional Skills QTS Literacy test practice resources. However, you may feel you would still like to pay for additional literacy test practice. Therefore we partner with How2Become and their high-quality QTS Literacy practice test and QTS Numeracy practice test.

To complete the test you need to be proficient at using a computer keyboard to type in answers. You will also need to scroll down to read long passages of text. Also, be able to drag and drop your selected answer into its correct position in the passage.

You will find the following free online psychometric tests to take:

  • Situational judgement test practice, including SJT report
  • Free online abstract reasoning test
  • Free online personality test, including a personality test report.
  1. BBC Learning
  2. Department for Education and Department for Education (writing assessment)
  3. Internet
  4. 4 Classrooms – MS Word Keyboard Shortcuts

Spelling Tips

These literacy test questions typically present you with a sentence. This sentence contains a missing word. Insert the correct missing word from the four options. Although the practice questions that follow have a written format, they are at the same difficulty level as the audio test.

Punctuation Tips

Accurate punctuation is a key element of written communication.

Punctuation test questions typically present a block of all the possible punctuation marks and the letters of the alphabet on-screen. You will drag the correct punctuation from this block to its position in the passage.

Grammar Tips

The use of good grammar is an essential component of effective written and spoken communication

Grammar test questions typically ask you to select the correct phrase or sentence to insert into a short passage. You may be given a choice of several choices, only one of which is grammatically correct. In the practice questions below, identify which sentence is grammatically correct.

Literacy Test Practice. Girl reading book

Comprehension Tips

These literacy test questions typically measure your ability to fully comprehend passages of text.

  • Presenting the same information in a different way
  • Identifying the key points
  • Inferences
  • Deductions

Comprehension Question Types

There are several different questions types that you might encounter in the comprehension test.  Go with your instinct. Think about the reading level and tone. Does it sound like school policy to you? Does it read as though it is information for teachers? Is the piece’s reading level accessible to pupils?

Another question format asks you to suggest summary headings. Analyse the main point(s) of the paragraph objectively. It can be helpful, particularly if you are short of time, to focus on the first and last sentences in a paragraph. This is where you are likely to find the topic sentence. In a well-written paragraph, the topic sentence summarises the paragraph’s main point.

For each passage, you need to consider both the overall meaning and detail. To assess the bigger picture, ask yourself questions such as: What is the main message? Who is the intended audience? When reflecting on the passage’s detail ask yourself: What are the facts? What’s the most important information in a passage?

Comprehension Tips

– Firstly, summarising the main points that the passage makes.

– Secondly, placing statements based on the passage into set categories.

– Thirdly, putting sentences about a passage describing sequential events into the correct order.

– Thirdly, putting sentences about a passage describing sequential events into the correct order.

My Practice aptitude test books 

Firstly, Passing Verbal Reasoning Tests book.

Secondly, Passing Numerical reasoning Tests book.

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Literacy practice tests

Types of Literacy Test

Literacy Test Type I

I want the promotion so ________ but they have told me I _________ first stop being late.

  • Much; Am going to
  • Many ; Really must
  • Much; Have got to
  • Many; Have to

Literacy Test Type II

Which two words can be swopped over to create a proper sentence.

The only way to maintain a low economy is to ensure that unemployment is strong and productivity is high.

Literacy Test Type III

Select one word from inside each set of brackets to create a new word.

(cool prior tame) (breath ant pea)

Literacy Test Type IV

Which word fits in both sets of brackets?

(Verdict, Decison) (Write, Grammar)

Punctuate Sentence Destroy Annihilate


Mental abilities and aptitudes refer to the individual’s intellectual potential — What can the person do, and what are their intellectual limits? How easy will it be to develop new skills, to pass examinations, and to respond to career demands. The concept of intelligence is made of general and specific intellectual abilities. General intelligence is a broad general ability that is involved in all types of intellectual performances. Its existence is demonstrated by the positive correlations between different intellectual tests (e.g. maths, English, geography, IQ.). This general ability is made up of moderately related set of primary abilities.

There are several specific mental aptitudes. The most important ones are:

Verbal reasoning assessment

This is the ability to understand verbal ideas and to reason with words.

It is often connected with literary careers but is also a very important attribute in those careers which involve the ability to find the right word in the right time.

This may be the spoken word or the written word and is the single most useful strength in any kind of academic study.

Numerical reasoning

The numerical ability is similar to, but not the same as, mathematical ability. It is the ability to think in numbers rather than the ability to manipulate them. There are comparatively few careers which require numerical ability alone; it is more often mixed with other abilities. Careers which heavily dependent upon this ability include those of an auditor, an accountant, a wage clerk, a bank teller, a bank officer, financial consultant, financial manager, and many areas of the financial businesses.


This involves the ability to “see” abstract information and to make sense of it. It is one of the corner stones of scientific thinking. The stages of building concepts, discovery, and proving theories all rely heavily on this aptitude. Thus, it is the key to most scientific-based careers, including those as a research scientist, a laboratory technician, a veterinary surgeon, a dietician, hospital technician and similar science-based personnel at all levels.

Analytical reasoning

This is the ability to make logical, factual connections and to impose a structure on what sometimes appears to be chaotic information. This reflects the ability to think quickly, confining to the facts only, to solve problems and to deal with new ideas. It is often combined with other aptitudes to indicate the direction in which this ability to think is going to be used. This is particularly important for careers such as computer programmer, researcher, or analyst.

Spatial Ability

The spatial ability involves visual skills. It enables a person to visualise a solid three-dimensional object when given limited two-dimensional information. It is the corner-stone of understanding technical drawings, layout, and relationships between objects in space; as such it will be used heavily by draughtsmen, creative artists, photographers, architects, and designers.

Accuracy and Speed Skills

This ability allows an individual to do routine tasks quickly and with great accuracy. It is one of the few aptitudes that can increase with practice, but the results give a realistic indication as to how easy an individual finds this kind of task compared with others. It is of great importance in quality control, and of particular use in many administration and clerical areas such as filing, typing, computer operation.

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