pretest

noun
pre·​test | \ ˈprē-ˌtest How to pronounce pretest (audio) \

Definition of pretest

: a preliminary test: such as
a : a test of the effectiveness or safety of a product prior to its sale
b : a test to evaluate the preparedness of students for further studies

Other Words from pretest

pretest \ (ˌ)prē-​ˈtest How to pronounce pretest (audio) \ transitive verb

Examples of pretest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After families submit an initial pretest for students, the district manages the weekly testing through mobile clinics that move from campus to campus. Howard Blume Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2021 The pretest — available at sites throughout the district — is mandatory and will be followed by weekly follow-up testing at campuses. Howard Blume Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2021 Every unit starts with a pretest, so teachers don’t waste time. Eva-marie Ayala, Dallas News, 17 Mar. 2021 There is no fee for either class, but there is a charge to take the G.E.D. pretest and test. Ramona Sentinel, 7 Sep. 2019 In preparation for the event, the entire school took a spelling pretest in all English classes. Charlene Paparizos, cleveland.com, 15 Feb. 2018 Blackmon actually touts the speed at which kids can fly through Odysseyware coursework: Each unit starts with a pretest, and schools can decide what percent of questions their students need to answer correctly in order to pass. Zoë Kirsch, Slate Magazine, 24 May 2017

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First Known Use of pretest

1923, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pretest was in 1923

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“Pretest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pretest. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for pretest

pretest

noun
pre·​test | \ ˈprē-ˌtest How to pronounce pretest (audio) \

Medical Definition of pretest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a preliminary test especially : a test of the effectiveness or safety of a product (as a drug) prior to its sale

pretest

transitive verb
pre·​test | \ ˌprē-ˈtest How to pronounce pretest (audio) \

Medical Definition of pretest (Entry 2 of 2)

: to subject to a pretest pretested drugs

intransitive verb

: to perform a pretest

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