The test comprises of eight passages in total, four read silently and four aloud…
Passages increase in difficulty, starting with two practice passages: one for silent reading, the other for aloud. There are then three passages read aloud and three read silently with each one increasing in difficulty.
Students are timed and asked questions orally after reading each passage. Raw scores can then be converted to percentiles and standard scores, with confidence intervals.
The passages have been written with the adult student in mind and the test standardisation is from 16-64. Questions in the comprehension test are divided into factual, memory and inference questions.
All eight passages can be administered or just the 4 silent reading passages or the 4 aloud reading passages.
The test has been developed from the Adult Reading Test (ART). Improvements have focussed upon simplifying and reducing the procedures and offering aloud and silent parallel versions. The test should be used as a diagnostic tool to assess the reading skills of people of sixteen years of age and over.