trial, trial run, test, tryout (noun)
trying something to find out about it
"a sample for ten days free trial"; "a trial of progesterone failed to relieve the pain"
audition, tryout (noun)
a test of the suitability of a performer
A test of the suitability or effectiveness of a person or thing, especially of a performer (an audition)
A trial run
Tryout was an amateur press journal published from 1914-1946 by Charles W. Smith of Haverhill, Massachusetts. It was connected to the National Amateur Press Association. Smith was a friend and correspondent of H. P. Lovecraft; Tryout was the first outlet for the H. P. Lovecraft short stories "The Cats of Ulthar", "The Terrible Old Man", "The Tree", and "In the Vault". Smith provided the plot idea for "In the Vault". Tryout also published non-fiction articles and several poems by Lovecraft. The publication was noted for its typographical errors, which Lovecraft referred to as "tryoutisms".