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
+
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)