Progressive Achievement Test (PAT): Reading - Revised 2008
Reading Comprehension assesses students' ability to construct meaning from text. The content reflects current developments in the teaching and learning of reading comprehension. Each test is organised around seven to eight extended texts. These include: narrative texts; poems; transactional texts including reports, explanations; and procedural and persuasive texts. Questions for each text are categorised as: retrieval questions; local inference questions; and global inference questions.
Reading Vocabulary assesses students' ability to understand the words they read. Each question is based around key word that is embedded in a short sentence. Students are asked to choose a synonym that best represents the meaning of this word from a list of five plausible alternatives.
- Reading comprehension and reading vocabulary are combined in one booklet but they can be used as separate tests.
- Test scores allow for formative as well as summative reporting.
- Scale scores enable a student's level of achievement to be tracked from year to year.
- Diagnostic reports are provided in the teacher manual.
- The tests can be used at any time between February and November each year.
- Tests can be used at two or more year levels.
- The tests come as reusable booklets with separate answer sheets.
Administration and Marking
The test is administered by the teacher. Manual scoring is easy with easy to use marking keys. NZCER has also developed a Web application that allows teachers to carry out automated marking and analysis of PAT: Reading Tests. The application allows reporting at the individual, class, and year group levels. This Web application is available on a subscription basis.