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Reading Comprehension

Everything you need to know

Designed to test an individual’s ability to extract key information from a sample of text. Candidates are shown a variety of question styles including true or false statements and multiple choice questions. At all levels, candidates are required to read the text and answer questions. At Core and Professional levels, the text length and complexity of the language used is increased.

Candidates are presented with 6 questions to complete within 15 minutes. The candidate’s responses are automatically marked. A point is awarded for each correctly answered question. For some questions, multiple answers may be required, the sum of these answers will result in one point awarded for the question. Skipped questions or those that are not taken will result in no point being awarded.

Practice Test Available

4 subjects available

15 Minutes Allowed

10 mins average completion time

6 questions presented

120 questions in pool

3 Levels Available

Fundamental

In this test candidates are required to read the text and then answer the questions by directly referencing information from within the text.

A candidate taking the Fundamental level of a test is expected to have subject knowledge aligned to a foundation level GCSE graduate.

Core

In this test candidates are required to lookup key information from multiple paragraphs across the text and candidates may be required to make inferences from analysing the written text as a whole.

A candidate taking the Core level of a test is expected to have subject knowledge aligned to a higher level GCSE graduate.

Professional

In this test candidates are required to answer questions from analysing the text as a whole and making conclusions based on that analysis. This test builds on Core by increasing the quantity of text provided and increasing the complexity of the vocabulary used.

A candidate taking the Professional level of a test is expected to have subject knowledge aligned to an A-Level graduate.

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