Free ESL Placement Test Sample

English Placement Test Sample Part 1

This ESL Placement Test Sample includes three parts: Sentence Meaning (5 Questions), Reading Skills (5 Questions) and Language Use (5 Questions).There is no time limit for this test. Some questions deal with the logic of the sentence, others with whether or not the answer is a complete sentence.


Sentence Meaning

Sentence Meaning measures how well you understand the meaning of sentences in English.

The sentence below has a blank space. Choose the word or phrase that makes the sentence meaningful and correct.

1.) Sandra _____ her clothes in her drawers.

a)  put down

b)  put away

c)  put aside

d) put in


2.) William Faulkner ______ awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949.

a)  was

b)  had been

c)  has

d) were


3.) Toumani Diabaté is known _____ a great player of the kora.

a)  for

b)  under

c)  by

d)  as


Each problem contains one or two sentences followed by a question. Choose the correct answer to the question.


4.) His little sister was annoying, but he has to put up with her coming to the movies with him and his friends. What does he have to do?

a)  He has to leave his sister at home.

b)  He has to take his sister with him.

c)  He has to watch the movie alone.

d)  He has to take his friends to the movie.


5.) Shlomo looked in his refrigerator, but he had run out of milk.

What did Shlomo find in his refrigerator?

a)  He did not have any milk.

b)  He had a lot of milk.

c)  He had plenty of food.

d)  He did not have much food.


Reading Skills

ESL Reading Skills test measures your ability to read English. Specifically, it assesses your comprehension of short passages. It contains brief passages and moderate length. Test contains straightforward comprehensions items and assesses inference skills.


6.) The lock wouldn’t open on the safe. The money and other valuables were inside, but he couldn’t get to them. Where did he put the combination to the lock? Did he write it down, or had he just memorized it? He couldn’t remember. Maybe he would never be able to open the safe.

The problem was that

a)  the safe had a lock that was valuable.

b)  the man couldn’t remember the lock combination.

c)  the safe was old and wouldn’t open.

d)  someone had stolen all of the safe’s contents.


7.) Unless the bank opened soon, Sarah would have to wait until her lunch hour to go. That would mean that she wouldn’t be able to have lunch with her best friend, Emma. They had been planning to go out to eat together for a week, but Sarah really needed to get her paycheck into her account. Sarah looked at the sign on the bank door saying when it opened. Just 15 more minutes! Maybe her lunch hour would go better than she thought.

From the passage, the reader can infer that Sarah

a)  would have to work during her lunch hour.

b)  would have to call Emma and cancel their lunch date.

c)  would be able to go out to lunch with Emma.

d)  would not be able to get to the bank until after work.


8.) Until the end of the second or third decade of the 20th century, motorized vehicles were not the norm. Many people still used horses and wagons to get around. Especially in rural areas, it still made more sense to travel by animal instead of engines. The roads were difficult to travel on when they were wet, and they were not well-maintained. As roads were covered in asphalt and highway systems were built, cars, trucks, and vans became more common.

What does “not the norm” mean in this passage?

a)  Motorized vehicles were ugly.

b)  Motorized vehicles were used only by rich people.

c)  Motorized vehicles were uncommon.

d)  Motorized vehicles were everywhere.


9.) Multiple intelligences is an idea made popular by Howard Gardner. He argues that it is incorrect to say that a person is “smart.” There are different kinds of “smart,” Gardner states. He outlines eight such intelligences, including bodily/kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, linguistic/verbal, mathematical/logical, musical, and visual/spatial, and naturalistic. The idea is that each person possesses intelligence in more than one area, usually, and that society should reshape its idea of what it means to be smart.

The main idea of the passage is that

a)  A person can only be smart in one area.

b)  A person can be smart in all eight areas of intelligence.

c)  Howard Gardner was a smart man.

d)  There are different kinds of “smart,” according to Gardner.


10.) Saturday is the day that many people sleep late. People can sleep as late as they want without having to answer to an alarm clock. Some people argue, however, that it is better to keep to a regular wake-up and sleep schedule to avoid having problems sleeping. Convincing your average working person to give up his day to sleep in, however, would be difficult to do.

The author of this passage argues that 

a)  Saturdays are days to go to work early.

b)  It may be better for your sleep cycle to have a regular sleep/wake schedule.

c)  You’ll be an insomniac if you sleep late on Saturday.

d)  Everyone wants to get up and go to bed at the same time.


Language Use 

Language Use test measures your proficiency in using correct grammar in English sentences. 

The sentences below have a blank space. Choose the word or phrase that makes a grammatically correct sentence.



11.) Before today, Michael and Susan had _________ taken walks in the parks on Saturdays. 

a)  before

b)  after

c)  always

d)  since


12.) The view from the top of the mountain was _______. 

a)  awkward

b)  yielding

c)  inane

d)  marvelous


13.) Marcia was sure that her mother  _________. 

a)  would never arrive

b)  would never be arriving

c)  would never arrived

d)  would never arrives


Read the two sentences below, and choose the best way of combining them.


14.) There was no food in the refrigerator. They went to the store.

a)  There was no food in the refrigerator, and they went to the store.

b)  They went to the store, yet there was no food in the refrigerator.

c)  There was no food in the refrigerator, so they went to the store.

d)  Since they went to the store, there was no food in the refrigerator.


15.) She came to her senses. She decided to take the job.

a)  Deciding to take the job, she came to her senses.

b)  She came to her senses because she decided to take the job.

c)  Since she decided to take the job, she came to her senses.

d)  She came to her senses and decided to take the job.


16.) This website is offering you free English test practice. How can you help us to get more free test practices?

a)  Share this website on any social media.

b)  Be lazy and do nothing.

c)  Don’t care and move on.

d)  Click on the picture advertisement below this question. One click will send us 0.20$ from Google. Thank you!

A, D are the correct answers!

ESL Placement Test Practice Correct Answers Table:



  1. By Jovelyn S. Abecia Posted on March 31, 2015

    Tnx! This test will help me a lot in my upcoming EPT. Practice makes perfect.

  2. By sarah nepomuceno Posted on April 3, 2015

    thanks! This test will truly help me a lot.more powers:)

  3. By Herman Ignatius Aruhane Posted on April 8, 2015

    This test is very helpful for me as a second language speaker in English. It really helps in Reading and Writing Sills,

  4. By Rachel San Diego Posted on April 14, 2015

    This test is very helpful. 25/30, not bad.

  5. By jheng hernandez Posted on April 15, 2015

    thank you

  6. By jheng hernandez Posted on April 15, 2015

    can i have the correct answer for this sample

    • By Admin Posted on April 16, 2015

      The correct answers are under the social locker box. Just hit like and the correct answers will unlock.

  7. By arho madisa Posted on April 18, 2015

    its very good!

  8. By KIM SYREL GALLEON Posted on April 19, 2015


  9. By Eugenie Tabbada Posted on September 24, 2015

    This test was kind of hard. But it helps me a lot .☺ thankyou,

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