The "newspaper text" test is a really good one - for novices.

It also serves as a check on process for those who are more experienced.

If someone who is relatively new to this gives the film enough exposure to have detail in the shadows, and then develops it enough to be able to read newspaper text through the highlights, they will be able to get a decent, pleasing print out of the result. That is a great place to be, and to progress from.