9.1 Reading Comprehension Tests

Learning Intentions

After viewing this module session participants will be able to: 

  • identify the different ways that reading comprehension can be evaluated based upon the nature of the tests
  • interpret reading comprehension tests in the context of a student’s overall reading skill profile.


Watch the session below.

*Please see the Transcripts resource folder located in Module 0 for a text copy of the transcript from this video. 


  • Reading comprehension tests vary by format and length of individual test items
  • Format and passage length affect outcomes and are also affected differently by word-reading skills and oral language comprehension skills
  • Best practices involve the use of multiple reading comprehension test formats and interpreting results in light of a student’s word-reading skills and oral language comprehension

Reflect & Connect

What reading comprehension subtests do you use? How might you use or interpret them differently?