Progressive Achievement Tests in Reading

Progressive Achievement Tests in Reading assess students’ reading comprehension skills, vocabulary knowledge and spelling.

Comprehension assesses retrieving directly stated information, interpreting explicit information, interpreting implied information and reflecting on texts in multiple-choice format. These skills reflect comprehension skills described in the Australian National Curriculum for English.

Vocabulary assesses word knowledge through synonyms. The questions are all multiple-choice.

Spelling is only available in print. It is dictated spelling whereby the teacher reads a sentence aloud containing a word that students then spell.

Administration

Each test is appropriate for a range of year levels. When choosing a suitable test, both the curriculum content of the test and the ability level of the group taking the test should be considered. The assessments include questions that match the general range of ability of students in the target year level. For example, Test 4 might be suitable for students below year 4, but in general it will be the most suitable for classroom use towards the end of year 4.

Comprehension covers the first year of school to Year 10. Test 2 to Test 10 require 40 minutes of testing time plus approximately 15 minutes administration time. Although Comprehension Test Prep and Test 1 have no time limits, the tests should take about 30 minutes and 40 minutes respectively. Online Comprehension starts from Test 1. Test P is only available in print.

  • Test P contains 23 questions – Year Prep or 1
  • Test 1 contains 18 questions – Year Prep or 1 or 2
  • Test 2 contains 25 questions – Year 1 or 2 or 3
  • Test 3 contains 28 questions – Year 2 or 3 or 4
  • Test 4 contains 30 questions – Year 3 or 4 or 5
  • Test 5 contains 34 questions – Year 4 or 5 or 6
  • Test 6 contains 35 questions – Year 5 or 6 or 7
  • Test 7 contains 35 questions – Year 6 or 7 or 8
  • Test 8 contains 34 questions – Year 7 or 8 or 9
  • Test 9 contains 37 questions – Year 8 or 9 or 10
  • Test 10 contains 36 questions – Year 9 or 10

Vocabulary covers Year 3 to Year 10 and requires 25 minutes of testing time plus administration time.

  • Test 1 contains 35 questions – Year 3 or 4 or 5
  • Test 2 contains 36 questions – Year 4 or 5 or 6
  • Test 3 contains 38 questions – Year 6 or 7 or 8
  • Test 4 contains 40 questions – Year 7 or 8 or 9
  • Test 5 contains 40 questions – Year 8 or 9 or 10

Spelling covers Year 2 to Year 10 and contains nine spelling lists that are administered orally. It requires 10 minutes of testing time plus administration time.

  • Spelling List 1 contains 20 questions – Year 2 or 3
  • Spelling List 2 contains 20 questions – Year 2 or 3 or 4
  • Spelling List 3 contains 20 questions – Year 3 or 4 or 5
  • Spelling List 4 contains 25 questions – Year 4 or 5 or 6
  • Spelling List 5 contains 25 questions – Year 5 or 6 or 7
  • Spelling List 6 contains 25 questions – Year 6 or 7 or 8
  • Spelling List 7 contains 25 questions – Year 7 or 8 or 9
  • Spelling List 8 contains 25 questions – Year 8 or 9 or 10
  • Spelling List 9 contains 25 questions – Year 9 or 10

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