ACER Certificate in Reading

The ACER Certificate in Reading assesses students’ reading comprehension skills. The tests use increasingly complex narrative, information and persuasive texts that range from familiar contexts with simple vocabulary to unfamiliar contexts with technical and sophisticated vocabulary. Students are assessed on four key skills: finding information, inferring and interpreting meaning, critiquing and reflecting on the ideas and information presented, and vocabulary.

  Finding information Interpreting meaning Critique and review Vocabulary
Skills assessed Locate conspicuous information
 
Locate embedded information
 
Interpret explicit information
 
Interpret implied informationbr
 
Reflect on ideas
 
Reflect on form
 
Classify
 
Contextualise
 
Text types Narrative
 
Information
 
Persuasive
Text format Continuous text
 
Mixed and non-continuous text, including diagrams, tables, maps and lists

Students who achieve the ACER Certificate in Reading level 1 demonstrate a variety of simple comprehension skills including managing low-level competing information in a range of familiar common text types that may include some implied or unfamiliar ideas.

The ACER Certificate in Reading level 1 is appropriate for Years 3 and 4 students performing at an above-average achievement level and for Years 5 and 6 students performing at an average achievement level.

Students who achieve the ACER Certificate in Reading level 1 demonstrate skills to:

Find information

  • Locate key information in a familiar and unfamiliar contexts
  • Locate relevant data and symbols in and across tables, graphs and text
  • Locate key information to confirm understanding

Interpret meaning

  • Use tone as evidence for inferences
  • Select evidence to support a hypothesis
  • Link information across several paragraphs

Critique and review

  • Identify the effects of the form
  • Identify how ideas are presented in a text
  • Identify the intended purpose of a narrative technique
  • Identify the intended purpose of a persuasive technique

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Vocabulary

  • Identify a range of meanings of a single word
  • Identify a word that does not belong to a given group of words
  • Select a word with a specific meaning from a group of related words
  • Identify a synonym in context

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Students who achieve the ACER Certificate in Reading level 2 demonstrate a variety of simple comprehension skills. They manage some competing information in many common text types that are largely familiar, but include an element of complexity such as an unusual voice, a subtle implication or a non-linear timeline.

The ACER Certificate in Reading level 2 is appropriate for Years 5 and 6 students performing at an above-average achievement level and for Years 7 and 8 students performing at an average achievement level.

Students who achieve the ACER Certificate in Reading level 2 demonstrate skills to:

Find information

  • Scan lengthy information texts to locate key points
  • Retrieve multiple pieces of information across a text
  • Discard competing information to locate the relevant information
  • Scan for key words to locate an opinion
  • Locate arguments to support an idea

Interpret meaning

  • Identify relevant clues when interpreting implied meaning
  • Discard possible interpretations when there is not enough evidence to support the interpretation
  • Generalise about a character's behaviour to identify a character trait
  • Identify reasons for a character's statement in a narrative text
  • Recognise the purpose of an example in a persuasive text
  • Identify an expert's reaction to an explanation as presented in a persuasive text

Critique and review

  • Draw on everyday knowledge of stereotypes to identify persuasive techniques
  • Recognise the use of narrative techniques like plot twist
  • Explain how narrative techniques meet the purpose of the text

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Vocabulary

  • Identify a synonym in context
  • Classify words according to the position they refer to
  • Identify a word that does not belong to a given group of words
  • Distinguish the meaning of easily confused words
  • Select a word with a specific meaning from a group of related words
  • Identify a range of meanings of a single word
  • Identify a common meaning for a group of words

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Students who achieve the ACER Certificate in Reading level 3 demonstrate a wide variety of comprehension skills including reading closely to make careful distinctions and identifying subtle, scattered clues to support an inference in texts with complex aspects such as unusual diagrams, extended metaphors, difficult vocabulary or long, dense sentences.

The ACER Certificate in Reading level 3 is appropriate for Years 7 and 8 students performing at an above-average achievement level.

Students who achieve the ACER Certificate in Reading level 3 demonstrate a wide variety of comprehension skills:

Find information

  • Scan for numbers and capitalisation to locate key information
  • Identify embedded keywords to help with scanning
  • Find synonyms of key words to locate embedded information

Interpret meaning

  • Interpret information across charts and tables
  • Link written ideas with information expressed in a chart
  • Understand three dimensions represented in a chart
  • Locate information in a chart according to given criteria
  • Identify implied attitudes with supporting evidence

Critique and review

  • Locate typical text features to identify persuasive techniques
  • Identify main ideas
  • Identify evidence to support ideas

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Vocabulary

  • Identify a synonym in context
  • Select a word with a specific meaning from a group of related words
  • Identify a word that does not belong to a given group of words
  • Classify similar sounding words to their specific meaning
  • Classify words according to the activity they refer to
  • Sort words that denote different degrees of an attribute

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