English Writing Test

The English writing test determines a candidate’s ability to read and write the English language, understand grammar and spelling rules, properly structure sentences, and accurately understand and relay information. The test includes reading data and sentences to answer questions about how to best communicate the provided information. The English writing test will measure a job candidate’s ability to:

  • Craft written sentences and paragraphs to present information with clarity and brevity.
  • Employ rules of grammar and correct spelling.
  • Translate thoughts into sentences within a set timeframe.
  • Effectively communicate relevant information and ideas.

element-grad-cap   ABILITIES EVALUATED

  • Ability to write effectively when conveying information and ideas
  • Ability to craft written sentences and paragraphs to present information with clarity and brevity
  • Ability to employ rules of grammar and spelling correctly

element-grad-cap   QUESTION FORMAT

  • Multiple Choice

element-grad-cap   LANGUAGE

  • English

element-grad-cap   DIFFICULTY

  • Easy


The power of effective written communication – achieved by the ability to craft cohesive sentences and paragraphs – will never become obsolete in the workplace. The day-to-day operations of any organization rely heavily on the capabilities of employees to effectively communicate with team members, customers, and clients through the written word. Not only will a careful reader and crafter of the written word be able to relay ideas and information, but they can help to increase customer satisfaction and overall company performance.

How can you determine if a candidate possesses the ability to effectively communicate information through writing? The English writing test provides a simple and reliable way to help you assess a job candidate’s skill. It is a powerful tool that will aid you, as an employer, in hiring a qualified individual who understands and presents information with brevity, clarity, and professionalism.

The English writing test can help predict a job candidate’s ability to:

  • Create lucid and concise presentations and manuals.
  • Gain customer and client trust by presenting error-free material, representing the degree of attention provided to them in other areas of business.
  • Maintain credibility and competence in the eyes of team members, customers, and clients.

Use this English writing test to quickly and easily automate your initial screening for entry-level or experienced candidates, including administrative assistants or other applicable positions.


Sample Question 1

Which sentence MOST CLEARLY conveys the information below?

  • Karen is a client from Michigan
  • Muhammad is a client from Michigan

A: Both being from Michigan, Karen is a client, and Muhammad is client.
B: Of our clients, Karen is from Michigan, and Muhammad is from Michigan.
C: Karen and Muhammad are both clients from Michigan.
D: Karen and Muhammad, both from Michigan, both are clients.
E: Muhammad is a client, along with Karen from Michigan.

Sample Question 2

Which sentence MOST CLEARLY conveys the information below?

  • Mark used to be an intern
  • Mark used to file the contracts

A: Mark, a former intern, used to file the contracts.
B: The previous intern was Mark, who used to also file the contracts.
C: The intern who files contracts was Mark, previously.
D: The contracts were formerly filed by Mark, who used to be an intern.
E: Previously being an intern, Mark used to file the contracts.


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The English Communication Skills: Written Communication module content was developed by the Indeed Assessment Science Team, with expertise in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Instructional Design, Education, and Graphic Design. In addition, team members worked in collaboration with subject matter experts (SMEs). Indeed’s SMEs are required to demonstrate experience performing at a high level, supervisory experience, or responsibility for defining requirements for those jobs that require written communication skills.