This paper describes a computer program (devised as a part of a battery of proficiency tests for entry to a tertiary institution) which takes multiple‐choice cloze passages and compiles them into proof‐reading exercises. While students answer traditional multiple‐choice tests by working through the items in a very linear manner and by reading no further afield than the immediate context of each item, the proofing cloze demands considerably more in terms of the reading and the reading skills required of students. Consequently, as a test type, the proofing cloze exercise is a much more demanding exercise than the traditional pen‐and‐paper cloze test, where the test items are apparent. When this factor is taken into account, however, it emerges that such a computerised test type can be used quite accurately to measure students’ English language proficiency. Although the program has been devised for testing purposes, it is argued that the program also has considerable potential for teaching purposes. Copyright © 1997 Swets & Zeitlinger.