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.