a. A preliminary test administered to determine a student's baseline knowledge or preparedness for an educational experience or course of study.
b. A test taken for practice.
2. The advance testing of something, such as a questionnaire, product, or idea.
tr. & intr.v. (prē-tĕst) pre·test·ed, pre·test·ing, pre·tests
To subject to or conduct a pretest.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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