New Group Reading Test in Detail

The table below provides a detailed overview of each test within the New Group Reading Test series.

Test Age Content Area of Assessment
Test 1 Age 6 (Year 1 / Primary 2)

Short phonic exercises: initial sounds supported by pictures, ‘sounds like’, initial sounds (single phonemes and digraphs), final sounds

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Sentence completion items

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1 short passage with multiple choice comprehension questions

  • Phonic knowledge
  • Decoding ability
  • Sight word knowledge
  • Comprehension (retrieval, simple inference and writer’s use of language)
Test 1B

Age 7 (norms from 5:00 to 7:11)

Y2** P3 Y3 (NI)

Short phonic exercises; rhyming; final letter sounds; initial letter sounds

18 sentence completion questions

1 comprehension passage and 10 questions

  • Phonic knowledge
  • Decoding ability
  • Sight word knowledge
  • Comprehension (retrieval, simple inference and writer’s use of language)

Equivalent form tests 2A/2B

Age 7–9

(Y2–Y4 / P3–P5)

20 sentence completion items

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3 short passages with

  • 10–11* context comprehension questions
  • 17–18* reading comprehension questions
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammatical knowledge
  • Inference skills
  • Deduction skills

Equivalent form tests 3A/3B

Age 10–13

(Y5–Y8 / P7–S2)

20 sentence completion items

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4 short passages with

  • 12–13* context comprehension questions
  • 19–20* reading comprehension questions
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammatical knowledge
  • Inference skills
  • Ability to recognise
  • Authorial intent
  • Deduction skills
Test 3C

Age 10 to 13 (norms 9:00 to 13:11)

Y5 to Y8 P6 to S2 Y6 to Y9 (NI)

20 sentence completion questions

4 comprehension passages with total of 32 questions

  • Decoding ability
  • Sight word knowledge
  • Comprehension (retrieval, context comprehension, inference and deduction, organisation of texts, writer’s use of language, writer’s purpose and viewpoints)
Test 3D

Age 9 to 11 (norms 8:00 to 11:11)

Y4*** to Y6 P5 to P7 Y5 to Y7 (NI)

20 sentence completion questions

4 comprehension passages with total of 32 questions

  • Decoding ability
  • Sight word knowledge
  • Comprehension (retrieval, context comprehension, inference and deduction, organisation of texts, writer’s use of language, writer’s purpose and viewpoints, social, cultural and historic tradition)

Equivalent form tests 4A/4B

Age 14–16

(Y9–Y11 / S3–S5)

22 sentence completion items

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4 short passages with-

  • 13–14* context comprehension questions
  • 20–21* reading comprehension questions
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammatical knowledge
  • Inference skills
  • Deduction skills
  • Ability to recognise authorial intent
  • Ability to deal with figurative and idiomatic language
  • Other higher order reading skills
Test 4C

Age 13 to 14 (norms 12:00 to 14:11)

Y8**** and Y9 S2 and S3 Y9 and Y10 (NI)

20 sentence completion questions

4 comprehension passages with total of 34 questions

  • Decoding ability
  • Sight word knowledge
  • Comprehension (retrieval, context comprehension, inference and deduction, organisation of texts, writer’s use of language, writer’s purpose and viewpoints, social, cultural and historic tradition)

*Exact number of questions depends on test used.

**Maybe used with children at the end of Y1 if they are ready to tackle the content

***Difficulty at level 3 but standardised with pupils in Y4 (to circumvent any ceiling effect at level 2)

****Difficulty at level 4 but standardised with pupils in Y8 (to circumvent any ceiling effect at Level 3