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

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

Examples of pretest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Los Angeles public schools will begin reopening next week. Here’s what you need to know," 8 Apr. 2021 Every unit starts with a pretest, so teachers don’t waste time. Eva-marie Ayala, Dallas News, "Learning from Lockdown: key lessons from virtual education across the country," 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, "Adult School fall classes to start," 7 Sep. 2019 In preparation for the event, the entire school took a spelling pretest in all English classes. Charlene Paparizos,, "Chagrin Falls Middle Schoolers Compete in Spelling Bee: Community Voices," 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, "Bottom of the Class," 24 May 2017

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First Known Use of pretest

1923, in the meaning defined above

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15 Apr 2021

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“Pretest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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


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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