Definition of screen test in US English:

screen test


  • A filmed test to ascertain whether an actor is suitable for a movie role.

    • ‘Meanwhile, in NYC at the Film Forum, The Blue Angel is playing… with a special look at Dietrich's screen test for the film.’
    • ‘It turns out that the film was intended as a screen test for a feature-length film that never got made.’
    • ‘In his commentary, Jeunet says he likes Moreau's performance in her screen test even better than her excellent work in the film.’
    • ‘They gave me an outline of my role, and then I had a screen test and a language test, and after that it was time for film shooting.’
    • ‘The casting directors are impressed with his authenticity, and they bring him out to Hollywood for the big, final screen test for the role of a hard boiled private investigator.’
    trial, experiment, pilot study, try-out
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[with object]
  • Give a screen test to (an actor)

    ‘over 100 kids were interviewed and screen-tested’
    • ‘‘I had to be screen-tested,’ confesses actor and friend of the family Brad Smith.’
    • ‘She has been screen-tested to provide a video diary for Sky during the World Cup in South Africa.’
    • ‘‘The great man screen-tested me for my first role as ‘Jambavanthudu’ in ‘Sri Rama Pattabhishekam.’’
    • ‘Two months later we got a call to say they wanted to screen-test her - which was the first I'd heard about it.’
    • ‘The Polish Brothers screen-tested him and he looks a lot like a young George Reeves.’


screen test

/ˈskrēn ˌtest//ˈskrin ˌtɛst/