The Writing Skills Test contains 106 multiple choice questions plus 10 unmarked pilot questions, and has a time limit of 105 minutes.
For each question there are four possible answers; you are to choose the answer that you think is correct. Each correct answer is worth one point. No points are deducted for incorrect answers.
The test is divided into five subtests and assesses the following:
Subtest 1: Spelling
This subtest consists of 20 questions and is divided into two sections. In the first section, you must select the word that is misspelled in the list of words provided. In the second section, you must select the word that is spelled correctly in the list of words provided.
Subtest 2: Grammar
This subtest consists of 25 questions and is divided into two sections.
The first section has two types of questions.
In one type, you must select the option which improves the sentence or part of a sentence indicated in bold; in the other type, you must select the sentence that is grammatically correct.
In the second section, you are provided with an initial sentence and four rewritten sentences which have similar meanings. You must select the rewritten sentence that is most grammatically correct and which has exactly the same meaning as the original sentence.
Subtest 3: Vocabulary
This subtest consists of 25 questions and is divided into two sections. In the first section, you must select the word that has the same meaning as the word in bold. In the second section, you must select the word that best fits in the blank portion of a sentence.
Subtest 4: Punctuation and Capitalization
This subtest consists of 16 questions. You are given sentences that may contain incorrect use of punctuation or capitalization. Some sentences may contain multiple errors, some may contain a single error, and one sentence will contain no errors. You must select the sentence that is correct (no errors). Possible errors include incorrect usage or missing punctuation and/or capitalization.
Subtest 5: Sentence sequencing
This subtest consists of 20 questions. You are given four sentences, which you must organize in the most logical sequence to make a paragraph that has a clear meaning.
You will receive a result of either non demonstrated, level 1, 2, or 3 on this test. The following table indicates test scores for the three levels:
Level 1 From 36 to 61
Level 2 From 62 to 83
Level 3 From 84 to 106