Definition of pretest in English:



  • A preliminary test or trial.

    ‘often we begin with a pretest to assess how much a child knows about a subject’
    • ‘At pretest, we assessed health-related behavior with self-report questionnaires.’
    • ‘As mentioned earlier, the comparison group includes nine eligible couples that completed pretests and follow-up tests, but did not participate in treatment.’
    • ‘Phase II was a pretest in which a small group of pharmacists completed the Project and evaluated it.’
    • ‘We used different videos in the copying experiment than in the pretest, so that test females had not previously seen these stimuli.’
    • ‘In spelling, students completed a pretest on Monday and a final test on Friday.’
    • ‘The pretest included a test of knowledge in the engineering management domain and a survey of demographic factors.’
    • ‘Students who did well on the problem-solving portion of the pretest also did significantly better on the post tests.’
    • ‘In response, teachers spend large amounts of time having their students take pretests in preparation for the standardized test.’
    • ‘The participants were permitted to go through their normal warm-up routine and take as many as 10 shots before beginning the pretest.’
    • ‘At the end of last year, her class, the ‘smart people’ class, was given a pretest and a review packet.’


  • Carry out a preliminary test or trial of.

    ‘prior to its use, the questionnaire was pretested on two groups of trainees’
    • ‘Answers will come faster and the research will cost less if the clinical work is focused on strategies that have been pretested in models.’
    • ‘All diagrams and the text used in the booklet were pretested to ensure readability, acceptability, and relevance to the target group.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1989, the self-inspection document and procedure for implementation were pretested using eight pharmacist volunteers.’
    • ‘The questionnaire was pretested in three steps.’
    • ‘Exposed subjects could not be pretested for normality or prescreened for confounding diseases or exposures to other agents; but neither factor was found at the time of study.’
    • ‘Scale items were pretested on 200 students prior to administration to 1,002 students aged 13-16 years.’
    • ‘The simulation was pretested with 10 business school students in both cultures to ensure the clarity of the description and the appropriateness of the negotiation setting.’
    • ‘All test questions are pretested and reviewed for ambiguity and bias by trained testing professionals.’
    • ‘It is not feasible to pretest disposable pulmonary artery and bladder catheters, which must be sterile when inserted.’
    • ‘The instrument was pretested in 1993 with approximately one dozen telephone calls to newspapers not selected in the final sample from across the United States.’
    • ‘Electrical equipment has to be pretested and approved for use in the room.’
    • ‘Before pretesting the questionnaire, 13 focus group sessions were conducted with children of a similar background.’
    • ‘Colleagues in academia, government, a non-government organization, and industry pretested both questionnaires for content, format and readability, validity, and reliability.’
    • ‘It is important to pretest some of the materials.’
    • ‘The items were pretested and refined for contextual and content validity.’
    • ‘The analgesic profile and other data collection tools were pretested at 7 hospital sites in 3 phases.’
    • ‘Through considerable pretesting, RMC-Cemex designed concretes that met the specified criteria but also had a low temperature gain, a high compressive strength, and a low coefficient of thermal expansion.’
    • ‘The majority of physicians fail a simple critical appraisal pretest we give before our teaching programs.’
    • ‘The questionnaire was pretested with family practice patients in Kingston and found appropriate for the Canadian context.’