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Reading comprehension test to assess a candidate's comprehension skills


Reading comprehension test helps employers assess whether the test-taker can process textual information, understand its essence and draw logical conclusions. Reading comprehension assessment are conducted as part of the employee selection process for hiring candidates across job roles.

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Reading comprehension plays a vital role in employees' ability to understand what their coworkers, supervisors, or clients are trying to communicate. Comprehension skills are suggestive of an individual's overall communication skills and attention to detail. Moreover, proficiency in comprehension skills further affects other learning areas in the workplace, such as reading and writing skills, problem-solving skills, presentation skills and more. Mercer| Mettl's reading comprehension test, as the name suggests, measures a candidate's English comprehension skills. It assesses a test-taker’s ability to comprehend, think logically, and derive objective conclusions based on the verbal content in the English language.

Comprehension skills help in retaining large amounts of data in a workplace by summarizing all the essential key points, which further helps make business decisions more effectively. Candidates with good comprehension skills are highly likely to read texts with speed and accuracy and produce quality and error-free work. That is why Mercer| Mettl's reading comprehension test allows recruiters to identify candidates who can understand textual information and use analytical thinking to draw logical conclusions. This reading comprehension test comprises questions (items) containing a passage of varying lengths. Candidates need to read these questions and answer questions based on their understanding of the passage. Questions can vary from direct (such as stating the facts/figures mentioned in the passage) to inferential (such as,'' what is the key conflict that the author highlights in the passage'').

Mercer| Mettl's online comprehension test helps employers identify talented candidates from an ocean of resumes, enabling them to make objective hiring decisions. The test significantly reduces the administrative overhead of assessing and interviewing too many candidates and saves ample time while filtering out unqualified candidates.

Designed by subject matter experts, this online comprehension test includes 24 questions to be completed in 45 minutes. Moreover, the candidate's skills are evaluated on the three levels - easy, medium and difficult.

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  • Recruitment: This test can be used for several profiles that require a candidate to be proficient in English, such as in Sales, Marketing, Customer or Technical support. The test identifies its significant usage in employing freshers with a work experience of 0-1 year.
  • Learning and Development: Understand the current proficiency level of an employee; train and develop employees effectively.

Key profiles the test is helpful for:

  • Graduates/Undergraduate trainees
  • Entry-level profiles across industries


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English Reading Competency Framework

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Reading comprehension

This reading comprehension test can help assess the candidate's ability to read, process, retain and synthesize a large amount of written information and quickly comprehend large pieces of written texts.


This verbal reasoning test measures the ability to use the appropriate word or set of words that depend on the message's context, tone, and gravity.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Reading comprehension tests usually assess whether a candidate has been able to understand a piece of written information. The tests are designed to evaluate the ability of candidates to draw logical conclusions after reading a passage. In order to prepare for a reading comprehension test, candidates should make it a habit to read on a regular basis. Reading varied material helps in improving the ability to absorb information quickly. In order to do this effectively, candidates should read newspapers daily. This is helpful as newspapers cover information on different topics and therefore candidates would become more comfortable with reading in general. 

Reading comprehension assessments usually ask questions related to conclusions. This is to assess whether candidates have been successful in comprehending the passage correctly. Other question types are with respect to judging the tone of the author and arguments to support/reject the claims made by the author of the passage.

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