Many ESL practice tests assess a student's knowledge of basic sentence elements, but the questions usually require test takers to use the correct form of a word rather than identify the elements of the sentence. Several different ESL tests are available, and the topics covered vary depending on the test.
The ACT Compass ESL placement test is widely recognized and consists of four parts. The listening assessment measures a student's ability to comprehend verbal English and the reading section measures understanding of written English by asking questions related to the spoken or written passages. Students must also complete an essay during the test.
The grammar and usage section of the test proves a student's competency of sentence elements, syntax and sentence structure. Some questions require the student to choose the correct word to complete a sentence, and some have questions based on a reading passage to determine a student's understanding of syntax and sentence structure.