The literacy practice advice provided below will be very helpful with any Literacy or English exam. The word literacy refers to the ability to read and write. The benefits of this are quite apparent, but the assessment of your ability to do so is where the trick comes in. Our examples below will help you to approach these assessments with the knowledge that you know the format of the questions and that you are able to convey your knowledge.

Literacy Practice

English Practice

Your understanding will be tested in many different ways, including:

  • Presenting the same information in a different way
  • Identifying the key points
  • Distinguishing between what is portrayed as fact and fiction
  • Inferences
  • Deductions

There are several different questions types that you might encounter in the comprehension test. One question format asks you to identify the particular audience that a passage or extract is aimed at. 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 test.
test reading comprehension.

– Summarising the main points that the passage makes.

– Evaluating statement support, contradiction and implication.

– Placing statements based on the passage into set categories.

– Putting sentences about a passage describing sequential events into the correct order.

English practice – Literacy tips

  • Don’t rush to answer questions without referring back to the passage. Even if you think that you know the answer without looking it’s always worth double checking. First, check against the question and then against the passage.
  • You need to be one hundred percent happy with your answer. If it isn’t quite what you were looking for then it is probably wrong.

Practice Literacy

Practice English tests

There are four different English test formats:

Firstly, LITERACY Practice Test Type 1 Questions. This test format consists of a single sentence with a word in brackets. You need to replace this word with the most viable alternative from the five multiple-choice options shown.

Secondly, LITERACY Practice Test Type 2 Questions. Our second format tests your understanding of the simple verbal relationship known as analogies. This term describes two words which are the same in meaning. Each question consists of three words. You need to work out the verbal relationship between the first and the second word. Then you need to apply this same verbal reasoning to the third word. Which of the multiple choice options shares the same verbal relationship with the third word?

Thirdly, LITERACY Practice Test Type 3 Questions. This test format consists of antonyms. You need to find which word is opposite in meaning to the one in the question.

Fourthly, LITERACY Practice Test Type 4 Questions. The instructions for our fourth ‘Odd One Out’ test are to determine the relationship between four of the five words listed in each question. Then to select the fifth word as your answer.

Practice English test answers

Furthermore, below are our answers to the above Practice English tests

Practice English tests format 1 answers

Firstly the LITERACY Practice Test Type 1 Questions; then secondly LITERACY Practice Test Type 2 Questions answers; then thirdly LITERACY Practice Test Type 3 Questions answers; and finally the 4th format’s answers LITERACY Practice Test Type 4 Questions.

Professional Skills literacy skills test formats

Practice Literacy tests for each of the four Professional Skills literacy skills test formats:

Spelling test practice; Spelling test answers

Punctuation test practice; Punctuation test answers

Grammar test practice; Grammar test answers

Comprehension verbal reasoning test practice; Comprehension verbal reasoning test answers

Practice Professional Skills spelling test

Professional Skills punctuation verbal reasoning test

Practice Professional Skills grammar verbal reasoning test

Professional Skills comprehension verbal reasoning test

Professional Skills for Teacher Training (QTS Skills Test Practice)

Spelling test practice; Spelling test answers.

Punctuation test practice; Punctuation test answers.

Grammar test practice; Grammar test answers.

Comprehension verbal reasoning test practice; Comprehension verbal reasoning test answers.


Secondly, find below spelling and grammar tips for making the best out of your assessment.

Spelling and Grammar Tips

Spelling Tips

  • This section of the Professional Skills Test – Literacy test firstly measures your ability to spell correctly.
  • You need to use standard English spellings.
  • Most questions will present you with a sentence. This sentence contains a missing word. Subsequently, insert the correct missing word from the options presented.

Punctuation Tips

  • Your ability to apply effective punctuation may also be assessed. Accurate punctuation is also a key element of written communication. Badly punctuated writing is like a road without road markings – it is therefore all too easy for the reader to get lost and confused.
  • You will be presented with a block of text with missing or incorrect punctuation. You will, therefore, need to highlight each punctuation error and also where missing punctuation should be inserted.
  • This will be done in a computerised format in the actual test. There will be 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

  • An essential component of effective written and spoken communication is the use of good grammar is
  • For example, selecting the correct phrase or sentence to insert into a short passage. You will be given a choice of several choices, only one of which is grammatically correct.


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