Are You a Grammar Ninja?

by Erin Brenner on December 4, 2009

Sometimes one grammar quiz just isn’t enough. OK, maybe if you’re a grammar geek like me, one isn’t enough, but it’s probably more than enough for the rest of the world. Still, sometimes you need to brush up on your grammar skills. Herewith, then, some quiz sites, a widget and a podcast, and one very addictive game.


  • UsingEnglish offers many grammar tests and will keep track of the tests you’ve taken and your scores, a very useful function. Although you have to register to use the site, registration is quick and free.
  • Capital Community College’s Interactive Quizzes. If you don’t want to register with a site, check out CCC’s quizzes. The site’s loaded with them, and you can skip the registration process.
  • Internet TESL Journal’s Self-Study English Grammar Quizzes. Internet TESL Journal’s done us the favor of ranking its quizzes as easy, medium, or difficult. The downside is that you aren’t inputting your answers anywhere. Do the quizzes in your head or on a piece of paper, then click on the answer drop-down menus to find out the correct answer.
  • Purdue OWL’s Exercise Pages. The plus here is that you get a lesson before you do the quiz. On the OWL site, click on a topic in the left nav bar, such as “Appositives,” and read the brief lesson. When you’re ready, in the left nav click on the exercise, like “Apppositives Exercise.” Again, you’ll need to do the quiz in your head or on paper. Click “Go to answers” when you’re ready to grade yourself.
  • Dave’s ESL Cafe. The grammar and the writing exercises offered at Dave’s ESL Cafe may be a bit easy for a native English speaker, but they’re still good practice. And the site will score your quizzes for you.
  •’s grammar and vocab quizzes. EnglishClub also categorizes the difficulty level of its quizzes. At least a couple quizzes I took fed me one question at a time. Do yourself a favor and click the link to see all the questions at once. You’ll save yourself a lot of clicking.

A Widget and a Podcast

Grammar Girl, which is a great podcast you can subscribe to, has a widget for your site. I’ve added it to this blog and it’s been on my iGoogle page forever. The quiz itself doesn’t change very often, but you can share your love of grammar with your own readers on your site. Try it out!

The Game

Finally, a little bit of fun (warning: it’s addictive!): Grammar Ninja. Begin by choosing your level: Beginner Ninja, Skilled Ninja, or Master Ninja. You can even create your own sentences for Grammar Ninja: download the Grammar Ninja Sentence Creator and follow the directions in the ReadMe PDF.

What are your favorite quiz or lesson sites? Share them in the comments section below!

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