literacy test

  1. an examination to determine whether a person meets the literacy requirements for voting, serving in the armed forces, etc.; a test of one's ability to read and write.

Origin of literacy test

First recorded in 1865–70

Words Nearby literacy test Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use literacy test in a sentence

  • Many scientific endeavors of our time would not have started if potential success were to be put to a literacy test.

  • The literacy test was inserted by the House but was rejected by the Senate.

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