Gates-MacGinitie Reading Tests® Online

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  • Product Details

    Gates-MacGinitie Reading Tests® (GMRT) enables teachers and schools to measure the reading levels of students throughout their school careers. The information obtained from GMRT, complemented by teachers' evaluations and other sources, can help educators:

    • Organize students into appropriate instructional groups
    • Select students for individual diagnosis and special instruction
    • Identify students who are ready for more advanced instruction
    • Place new students into proper instructional programs
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of instructional programs
    • Report student progress to parents, teachers, and the community

    The online version of the Gates-MacGinitie Reading Tests (GMRT) delivers results quickly and without a need for hand scoring. With GMRT online, you still get the same great features of the paper-pencil version, plus more.

    User-friendly interface

    • Comprehension passages are contained within a screen window, eliminating the need for scrolling.
    • Progress bars show students the relationship between testing time and number of questions answered.
    • Icons let students see which items they have answered and which ones they have not.

    Results can be rolled up to all levels

    • Full transparency of scores can be disseminated throughout the district.
    • Teachers, principals, and district administrators can quickly detect learning trends specific to their students.
    • Results can be equated to the paper-pencil edition.

    Links to Instruction

    A Classroom Resource for Reading Assessment and Instruction, developed and written by the GMRT authors, provides guidance in planning instruction, intervention, and enrichment based on students' test results. The linking manual guides teachers through a series of thought-provoking questions to identify which reading skills need attention and suggests proven instructional techniques for developing these skills. The studies and tips for integrating instruction into the classroom are helpful for both beginning and experienced teachers.

    Help students improve in reading. Detailed easy-to-follow examples of teacher-student interactions and instructional techniques provide insight into the following:

    • Instructing students in word identification
    • Understanding how students learn word meanings
    • Teaching word meanings
    • Teaching comprehension strategies
    • Developing students’ metacognition, or awareness of their thinking
    • Creating instructional programs for teaching comprehension strategies
    • Working with students whose language or culture differs from that assumed by classroom materials

    Linking Testing to Teaching: A Classroom Resource for Reading Assessment and Instruction provides help for teachers:

    • Author guidance for interpreting student test results
    • Straightforward techniques to help pinpoint students’ reading difficulties
    • Proven instructional strategies for developing reading skills

    GMRT® Measures

    Students’ scores link to the Lexile Framework® for Reading from Levels 1 through 10/12 and provide students with reading materials of appropriate difficulties though the Lexile website.

    A special research study was conducted that statistically links GMRT Comprehension test scores to the Lexile Framework. Scores on the GMRT Comprehension test link to Lexile measures because of the research described in the Lexile Conversions Manual. This manual also provides tables for converting GMRT Comprehension raw scores (total number correct) to Lexile measures.

    Lexile measures are also available through the GMRT iRM.

  • Levels

    Levels 1 and 2

    These levels provide a general assessment of early independent reading achievement. Because Levels 1 and 2 contain the same sample questions and use the same general administration procedures, they can be administered together in the same testing room. Students who take Level 2 need an additional testing session for the Word Knowledge test.

    Both Level 1 and Level 2 contain a Word Decoding test, which evaluates students' abilities to decode or recognize words and a Comprehension test, which evaluates students' abilities to understand extended written text. Level 2 also contains a Word Knowledge test, which evaluates beginning reading vocabulary. For Word Decoding, incorrect answer choices are based on common decoding errors; for Word Knowledge, on errors of meaning.

    The passages in the Comprehension test represent various kinds of extended text found in written English, including fiction and nonfiction, narrative and expository modes, and a variety of writing styles. All but the last passages consist of four text segments; each segment is accompanied by a panel of three picture answer choices. The students' task is to choose the picture in each panel that illustrates the text segment or answers a question about the segment.

    Levels 3 through 10/12

    These levels provide a general assessment of reading achievement in Grades 3 through 12. Each level consists of a Vocabulary test and a Comprehension test. Levels 4 through 10/12 can be administered together in the same testing room at the same time.

    The Vocabulary tests for Levels 3 through 10/12 measure reading vocabulary. Each test word is presented in a brief context intended to suggest part of speech but not to provide clues to meaning. Students are expected to select the word or phrase that means most nearly the same as the test word.

    The Comprehension tests measure students' abilities to read and understand different types of prose. All of the passages are taken from published books and periodicals. The content is selected to reflect the type of materials that students are required to read for their schoolwork and choose to read for recreation. Some questions require students to construct an understanding based on a literal understanding of the passage; others require students to make inferences or draw conclusions. The Comprehension tests also measure the ability to determine the meaning of words in an authentic text context.

    Level AR (Adult Reading)

    Designed for use by colleges, community colleges, adult education programs, GED programs, vocational and training schools, and other post-high school educational programs that need to assess the general reading achievement of their students. Level AR also can be used by businesses and other organizations that need to know how well individuals read. The format matches Levels 3 through 10/12 and includes a Vocabulary test and a Comprehension test. However, the content of both the Vocabulary test and the Comprehension test was selected with the interests and needs of adults in mind.

  • System Requirements

    GMRT Online will no longer be available after 6/30/17. All test administrations MUST be used by 6/30/2017.


    • Operating Systems: Microsoft® Windows® 10, Windows Vista (If Service Pack 2 is installed), Windows 7, Windows 8.1
    • Browsers: Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer® 9.0 or later, Firefox 31.x (Extended Support), 37.0 or later**
    • Processor: 450 Mhz Pentium
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Screen Resolution: VGA, Monitor 1024 x 768


    • Operating Systems: Mac 10.5.8 (Intel) or later
    • Browsers: Safari® 4.0 or more, Firefox 38.2 or later
    • Processor: PowerPC G3 500 MHz or Intel Core Duo 1.83 GHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Screen Resolution: VGA, Monitor 1024 x 768

    In addition, the Chrome browser has been tested with success for student online testing.

    **Important Note: If using Firefox, a plugin may need to be installed in order for Adobe Flash to display the content. The student may get a pop-up message after the login screen. Instructions on how to change the plugin settings so that Flash runs only when clicked to activate can be found at:

    Additional Requirements

    • Acrobat® Reader®: 8.0 (to view reports and documentation)
    • Adobe Flash 9.x
    • Cookies must be enable or allowed
    • Popup Blockers must be turned off
    • Modem or Internet connection
    • Mouse or compatible pointing device: For use in answering test questions
    • Super VGA (1024 x 768) or higher-resolution monitor with 256 colors
    • Browser supporting Java Script
    • Speakers or headphones and audio card if audio is needed

    Minimum Network Requirements

    • Internet Bandwidth: 768 Kilobits/second available per concurrent user; specific for GMRT online use
    • Network Connections: 15 Megabits or higher
    • Firewall Configuration: Ports 80 and 81
    • Content Filtering: Allow URLs through content filters

    *For questions regarding when to use Level AR, please contact your Assessment Account Executive or HMH Customer Experience at 800-323-9540.

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