Wiki Tests (Help)

The WikiTests application exists in both online (link) and mobile (Android) versions. Both verions allow you to create tests from Wikipedia articles as an aid to learning English Vocabulary and Grammar. The following introduction is based on the mobile app. When you start the app you are presented with the following screen:

The menu bar from left to right lets you do the following:

  1. Delete the history
  2. Read the help file
  3. Refresh the page a generate a new list of random tests
  4. Goto the history page

If you do not type in a 'search term' or enter a passage of text, a test will be generated from one of the random Wikipedia articles shown in the selection box. The test will be created when when you press the submit button. In the examples below the tests shown are constructed from an article about retail.

A Wiki Test is constructed from a random section taken from a wikipedia article related to the title selected or search term entered. The chosen section is turned into two types of test. In the first test a number of words, usually about 10, have had their letters jumbled up and your task is to unscramble them. The second test created is an open cloze test. Both of these types of test are shown in the table below.

The letters of the blue words are jumbled up

Open Cloze

The correct words are always listed after the text.

In addition to the two types of test generated, a list of important words contained in the article is also displayed.

A table of possible word collocations is included at the end of the page. When appropriate, ngrams of length 2 are displayed.

From the article about retail

From an article about Physics

Finally, the history page contains the last 20 tests created.

The online version of the WIkiTests application has the same functionality for creating tests but does not have a history mechanism. There are also some cards for helping you create tests on different topics.