Multiple Choice Writing Skills: Remember, students are tested on writing every single year on the multiple-choice test, but only have a “performance task” every few years. Many teachers forget about this aspect of writing instruction. Your state is likely to have an English language arts multiple-choice standardized test for every single grade above kindergarten. The English language arts are made up of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. I am not aware of speaking appearing on any standardized tests, but you can be sure that reading, writing, and listening will be on the test.