Setting learners up for success in the Reading Test

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Bedrock’s Reading Test has been designed to provide an accurate, in-depth, holistic assessment of your learners’ reading ability, whilst being convenient and easy to use, both for you and your learners.

How can you set your learners up for success during the test?

  • The test should be carried out in a quiet room that is free from distractions.
  • Every learner will need their own computer and mouse, but headphones are not required, as there is no audio.
  • While the test is taking place, a teacher should be present at all times.
  • Remind learners that the Reading Test is a formal assessment which needs to be completed under test conditions. They shouldn’t speak to each other, and although it is unlikely they will be given the same questions, they should not look at each other’s screens. Where possible, space learners out across the room to prevent this.
  • Learners should not access other resources like the internet, phones, or notes. Dictionaries are not permitted.
  • Remind learners that teachers cannot provide assistance with any of the content, such as explaining the meaning of a word or rephrasing any part of the question/text.
  • Teachers can give help with the mechanics of how to answer an item, for example, how to select answers. If a learner requires assistance, they should raise their hand.

For information about supporting learners with additional needs, please view our article about accessibility and the reading test.

What will the structure of the test be?

Learners can access the Reading Test directly from their Bedrock dashboard, using the same login details they usually do. Please allow time for learners to settle and log in before beginning the assessment.

The Reading Test starts with some practice questions, allowing learners to get familiar with the functionality. Then, the test will formally begin.

In the event of an unexpected interruption, it is possible to pause the test for an individual learner or for the entire group who is taking the test.

The test is expected to take around 30-40 minutes, but because the test is adaptive, everyone will finish at a different time. This is not dependent on their ability. If learners complete the test before the end of the class, they can continue with their Bedrock lessons on other areas of the platform.



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