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York Assessment of Reading for Comprehension - Australian Edition (YARC)

The York Assessment of Reading for Comprehension (YARC) - Australian Edition, enables teachers to assess the reading and comprehension skills of children aged 5 to 18 years.  It is ideal for following up at an individual level after group testing and provides a wide range of invaluable information.

YARC Early Reading

For readers aged 5 to 7.11 years, YARC Early Reading assesses the alphabetical knowledge that underlies reading, namely:

  • Letter sound knowledge
  • Early Word Recognition
  • Phoneme awareness (Sound Isolation and Sound Deletion).

These tests also measure a student's progress in reading.  The tests take about 20 minutes to administer and provide standardised scores, percentile ranks and age-equivalent scores.  The YARC Early Years tests may be given as a complete set of all four tests or as individual tests only.

YARC Passage Reading (Primary)

Administered individually by school psychologists, speech pathologists and specialist teachers, the assessment takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete and is used to:

  • Assess and monitor pupil progress
  • Identify reading problems
  • Assess eligibility for access arrangements
  • Provide diagnostic information

It comprises two parallel tests of graded passages (A and B) for reading aloud, each of which is accompanied by a set of 8 comprehension questions to test literal and inferential comprehension skills. It has been developed to assess the accuracy, rate and comprehension of oral reading skills in primary school children, covering the age range 5.06 to 12.08 years.

YARC Passage Reading (Secondary)

The York Assessment of Reading for Comprehension (YARC) Passage Reading Secondary - Australian Edition comprises two sets of prose passages, both fiction and non-fiction, for students aged 12-18 that enables the assessment of a student's reading comprehension and fluency in a systematic way across the secondary school years.

Administered individually by teachers, school psychologists and speech pathologists, the assessment takes about 20-30 minutes to complete and is used to: 

  • Assess and monitor pupil progress
  • Identify reading problems
  • Assess eligibility of access arrangements
  • Provide diagnostic information

Scoring

Free online scoring and reporting is available.  To assist assessors with the conversion of scores, a free Online Score Conversion Tool is available at www.yarcsupport.co.uk/australia. Instructions on how to use the Tool are provided there too.  Once student information and raw scores have been added, score conversion is immediate and a short summary report is produced.

Manual scoring and reporting is completed using the tables in the Manual.

The YARC: Australia Primary Complete Set includes the Early Reading Test Material, Early Reading Manual, 10 Early Reading Record Forms, Passage Reading Test Material, Passage Reading manual,  and 10 Passage Reading Record Forms.

The YARC: Australia Primary Passage Reading Set includes the Passage Reading Test Material, Passage Reading manual,  and 10 Passage Reading Record Forms.

The YARC: Australia Secondary Passage Reading Set includes the Passage Reading Test Material, Passge Reading Manual and 10 Passage Reading Record Form

test-abbreviation: 
YARC
registration-level: 
A
age: 
5-18
Country of origin: 
Australia
publisher: 
ACER & GL Assessment
administration: 
Pencil and Paper
timing: 
Early Years: 20 minutes; Passage Reading (primary) 10-15 minutes; Passage Reading (secondary) 20 minutes

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Product code Product title Variation Price
8446SPR YARC: Australia Secondary Passage Reading Record Forms (pk10) forms $49 NZD
8446SCS YARC: Australia Secondary Passage Reading Set tba $320 NZD
8446PPR YARC: Australia Primary Passage Reading Record Forms (pk10) forms $29 NZD
8446EYR YARC: Australia Early Reading Record Form (pk10) forms $25 NZD
8446PPS YARC: Australia Primary Passage Reading Set tba $180 NZD
8446PCM YARC: Australia Primary Complete Set starter kit $320 NZD