Reading Comprehension Aptitude Test

Use our Reading Comprehension Test when employees are expected to be able to read and interpret training materials, MSDS information, company policies, customer correspondence, company memos.

Pre-Employment Test

Purpose: This test assesses reading comprehension for typical written materials found within various companies. The Reading Comprehension Test should be used when employees are expected to be able to read and interpret training materials, MSDS information, company policies, customer correspondence, company memos. We recommend using the reading comprehension test for a wide range of positions from entry-level associates to supervisory personnel.

About This Test: This is a 16-minute timed Reading Comprehension test.

High Scorers: People scoring high on this test demonstrate good comprehension of what they read, and they make reasonable judgments and decisions based on what has been communicated in the written documents. High scorers are also fast readers, so they have little difficulty with written materials. They tend to make use of available written materials so that they can be well informed about pertinent information in the company. High scorers respond well to formal training. They also solve problems on their own because they can access written information in policy manuals and equipment instructions.

Low Scorers: People scoring low on the Reading Comprehension Test may not be able to grasp written materials very well, or they may be very slow to comprehend print matter. Consequently, they tend not to put much time or effort into reading company documents, thus they often remain ignorant of information that managers feel has already been communicated. Low scorers tend to rely on others to solve problems, lacking the resources to solve new or non-standard problems, and they ask more experienced people for answers they could have obtained on their own.

What the Report Gives You: Aptitude scores and interpretation guidance.

Testing Process:

  • Immediate score report upon completion.
  • Proctoring desirable but not required.
  • The use of mobile phones is discouraged.
Sample Questions for Reading Comprehension Test

What percent of engine wear is caused by idling a cold car?


When starting your engine in the morning, how long should you allow it to idle?

About 30 seconds

Why does idling a cold car cause engine wear?

Because only a little lubrication is flowing and the metal parts rub against each other.

(Sample questions differ from actual test appearance and do not contain real test content.)

Select Validity Information: On average, this test is significantly related (r=.28**) with ability to get along with coworkers; (r=.21*) with overall performance; (r=.37**) with ability to learn; (r=.36**) with reasoning ability; (r=.24*) with skills competence; (r=.28**) with openness to new learning; (r=.29**) overall performance rating.


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