1. an advance or preliminary testing or trial, as of a new product.
2. a test given to determine if students are sufficiently prepared to begin a new course of study.
3. a test taken for practice.
to give a pretest to (a student, product, etc.).
to conduct a pretest: to pretest for consumer acceptance.
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