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ART-2 is now approved by STEC
The Adult Reading Test, 2nd edition, has been approved by STEC. See further guidance below.

Reading tasks

The authors recommend that practice items are always used to ensure consistency and understanding of instructions. The authors believe that this is best practice.

The authors recommend that oral reading passages should be continued unless 15 errors are made and silent reading passages should be continued until the time allowed is exceeded.

However, if the student is experiencing particular difficulties, the assessor needs to use their professional judgement whether the student is able to continue or not. These recommendations mean that, in some cases, the tests may take rather a long time to complete.

Writing task

The authors have designed the two minute writing task as a structured measure of the ability to convert ideas in the head to paper within a specific time period. It is not intended as a comprehensive measure of writing. The precis writing task may give valuable insights into some aspects of writing but, to get a fuller picture, assessors should also consider using another measure of writing.

Assessors should read the instructions very carefully to ensure that the ART2 test is carried out in the correct way and that the results are interpreted correctly.

SpLD Test Evaluation Committee - March 2017

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