Elementary SSAT Reading Comprehension Practice Test #1

Here is a practice elementary SSAT reading comprehension test passage. For each passage, there will be 4 questions related to the passage. Please read the following passage and answer the questions below.

Badminton is a popular racquet sport that has its roots in ancient India. The game was originally called “Poona” and was played with a shuttlecock made of feathers and a net. British officers stationed in India during the mid-1800s brought the game back to England, where it was quickly adopted by the upper classes. The name “badminton” comes from the Duke of Beaufort’s Badminton House in Gloucestershire, where the game was first played in England.

The rules of badminton were first codified in the 1870s, and the first badminton association was formed in England in 1893. By the early 1900s, badminton had spread to many other countries, including Denmark, Canada, and the United States. In 1934, the International Badminton Federation (now known as the Badminton World Federation) was formed to oversee the sport’s development and to organize international competitions.

Badminton has been an Olympic sport since the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Today, it is played by millions of people around the world, both as a competitive sport and as a fun leisure activity.


#1. What is the best title for this passage?


#2. What does the word “codified” mean in the passage?


#3. Which of the following did NOT happen in the story?


#4. How has badminton changed over time?


#5. What is the main reason why badminton became popular?