On or near the fist day of school (or the semester), give students this pre-test to assess where they are and help formulate your goals for the year. This assessment will also help you individualize student instruction.
The test is specifically formulate for English I and II students, but could also be used for an advanced class of 7th or 8th graders or a remedial class or 11th or 12th graders.
You can replace the novels/stories section with your own selections. If you have many students circle the same selection, you'll know you don't need to teach that one.