ESL Quizzes: Challenge Yourself

.ESL quizzes and tests have three main purposes:

  •  to find out what you know and can do (or don’t know and need to learn),
  •  to measure progress after  you have studied,
  •  and to practice for major tests that can affect the course of your life.

A teacher uses tests to determine students’ levels, to find out if they are learning what he or she is trying to teach (and if not to change the lessons until they work!) and to evaluate students for grades or progress to a new level.

Quizzes are short tests given often to check students’ understanding, especially of what they have just studied, and find out what needs more practice.

Why Take Quizzes?

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'Check your understanding of English grammar & verb tenses-- or academic vocabulary-- with these quizzes.'

When we were in school, most of us disliked tests and avoided them whenever possible. 

As adults, we need to take advantage of them. 

A little time spent on a test can save a lot of time later by helping us focus on what still needs practice.

Each of the quizzes and tests below includes answers or an answer link.

Some also link to a printable pdf version. (Several are only in pdf form, with answers at the end.)

Many of them also link to pages you can study if you find you need more preparation.

Most of these quizzes are intermediate level up. Any beginner or advanced quizzes will say that.

Grammar Quizzes or Practice

ESL Quizzes on Academic Vocabulary*

These quizzes (and a larger test or two) can help you learn vocabulary important for the IELTS or TOEFL exams, not to mention university study or professional work.

(The numbers below match newsletter issues in which you can find more information or links to explanation or practice pages.)

    1. Detective Words Quiz  

    2.  Science Words Quiz  

    3. Success Vocabulary Quiz  

    4. Technology Vocabulary Quiz 

     5. Greek and Latin Roots Quiz

     6. no quiz this issue

     7. Creativity Words Quiz

     8. Learning Network Vocabulary Quiz 

     9-10. Research and Scientific Words Quiz   

     11-12. Business English Vocabulary Quiz 

     13-14. Assistance Vocabulary Quiz

     15-17 practice but no quizzes           

     19 Academic Vocabulary Test 1 (longer and more advanced level) and its Gapfill section 

      21. Quiz on AWL Levels 6-10

      23.Comprehension Worksheet (a quiz)--TED talk on New Ways of Seeing Cancer.

      33. Psychology Vocabulary Quiz

Picture of the top part of a crossword puzzle, with the text: '20+ puzzles to make academic vocabulary fun.'

You might also want to try some printable crossword puzzles relating to the same vocabulary. They make a nice break from more formal quizzes.

* The quizzes in the Academic Vocabulary section review words from the Academic Word List. They are numbered by newsletter issue to make it easier to find related practice pages.

(Each of the first 23 issues of English Detective gives readings and practice for a group of related AWL words.  You can check Academic Vocabulary Word Lists for the words in each reading, related practices, and a link to the back issues.) 

Later issues review some of those words and add other important vocabulary.

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