Definition of pretest in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpriːtɛst/

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A preliminary test or trial: often we begin with a pretest to assess how much a child knows about a subject
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  • The participants were permitted to go through their normal warm-up routine and take as many as 10 shots before beginning the pretest.
  • As mentioned earlier, the comparison group includes nine eligible couples that completed pretests and follow-up tests, but did not participate in treatment.
  • We used different videos in the copying experiment than in the pretest, so that test females had not previously seen these stimuli.


[with object]
Carry out a preliminary test or trial of: prior to its use, the questionnaire was pretested on two groups of trainees
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  • The knowledge test was pretested on 15 subjects with heart failure and was revised on the basis of their evaluation of clarity and ease of understanding.
  • All test questions are pretested and reviewed for ambiguity and bias by trained testing professionals.
  • The questionnaire was pretested with family practice patients in Kingston and found appropriate for the Canadian context.

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