Further explain that the test starts with some practice questions to get them used to the real questions and that all instructions are given by audio. NGRT is not a timed test so students should work through the questions at their own pace.

Sentence completion – example question

All students will start the test with the sentence completion section and see the following example question.

The voice over will explain that the students have to click on the word (from a choice of five) that they think best completes the sentence.

Once the students have clicked on ‘Next’ they cannot return to the previous question.

In the practice section students will receive feedback telling them whether they have answered correctly or incorrectly. This will not be a feature of the test, however.

Because the digital version of NGRT is adaptive, each student will see a different set of test questions. Performance on the sentence completion section will determine which part of the test will be administered next.

Phonics section – example questions

This section of the test is in four parts and each part has a single example question with feedback.

Initial letter items

These questions are supported by a picture and the student is asked to identify the first letter of the word illustrated (the audio provides the word).

‘Sounds like’ items

Again, supported by a picture and by audio, the student is asked to select the word that sounds like the item illustrated.

Final letter sound items

Students are presented with the first part of a word and from a selection of digraphs or trigraphs (two or three letters which together represent a single sound) and three letter combinations have to complete the word.

Initial letter sound items

Students are presented with the final part of a word and a selection of letters from which they must select one to complete the word.

These four short exercises are aimed at students who are at the very beginning of learning to read or whose reading is delayed and there is a need to test that they can match letters to sounds, understand simple rhyme and complete real words by adding final or initial sounds.

Passage comprehension – example questions

Students will see one, two or three passages (determined by performance on sentence completion and, as appropriate, the initial passage). A short passage, appropriate to the demands of the test passage is presented as an example and for practice.

For the easiest passage comprehension, ‘Looking after Missy Mouse’, a short example passage about looking after a pet mouse replicates the layout of the real test questions where the story text and questions relating to that part of the story are on the same screen. Here is an example:

All other passage comprehension tasks are introduced by a short passage with example questions which show students how to answer the questions.

In these passages students can navigate through the story text using the scroll bar and through the questions using the ‘Next’ and ‘Back’ buttons separately so they can refer to any part of the story at any time to answer any question.

The example section looks like this:

Here is an example from one of the test passages:

Here is an example from one of the test passages: