Praxis Reading Test

The Computerized Pre-Professional Skills Test in Reading focus on the ability to understand, analyse as well as examine written messages. Varying in difficulty, the reading material is drawn from a different variety of subject areas and real-life situations that educated adults are likely to encounter. Each passage include questions that are based on its content and that relate to a different variety of reading skills. All the questions can be answered by using information contained within the passage; no question requires outside knowledge of the content.

The test comprised of 3 types of stimulus material: Long passages of around 200 words having 4 to 7 questions, short passages of around 100 words having 2 or 3 questions and brief statements followed by a single question. Passages are extracted from both print and electronic media, such as newspapers, magazines, journals, nonfiction books, novels, online articles and visual representations. Questions in each of the 3 formats may pose tasks of varying difficulty and test any of the skills identified in the Topics Covered section.

For each form of the test that you take, 40 questions will be taken for scoring and 6 questions will be taken as pretest questions hence will not be scored.

Literal Comprehension

Literal comprehension content focuses on the ability to understand accurately and completely what is directly stated in the written message.

  • Main Ideas: Find out the summaries or paraphrases of the core idea or primary purpose of a reading selection.
  • Supporting Ideas: Find out the summaries or paraphrases of the supporting ideas and specific details in a reading selection.
  • Organization: Find out how a reading selection is organized in terms of cause/effect, compare/contrast, problem/solution, etc and Identify key transition words and phrases in a reading selection and how they are used.
  • Vocabulary in Context: Find out the meanings of words as they are used in the context of a reading selection.

Critical and Inferential Comprehension

Critical and inferential comprehension content used as the ability to examine a reading selection and its messages. There are 3 types of questions:

  • Argument evaluation questions consist of finding the strengths and weaknesses of arguments in a reading selection, determining the relevance of evidence presented in the reading selection to the assertions made in the selection or judging if material presented is fact or opinion inferential reasoning questions involve extracting inferences and implications from the directly stated content of a reading selection, determining the logical assumptions underlying a selection, or determining the author's attitude towards material discussed generalization questions involve recognizing situations that are similar to the material in a reading selection, drawing conclusions about the material in a selection or using ideas from the selection to new situations.