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Guidelines for ISLPR Tests: Reading Test

Posted by on Apr 19, 2021 at 10:27 AM

Speaking, Listening, and Reading skills are tested in a one-to-one interview that takes about 60 minutes. The interview is audio-recorded. Three things determined the content of the test: everyday life in Australia, everyday

Academic Test:

In one part of the interview, the tester will ask you

to read a variety of texts. Texts may be selected from such materials as;

  • news stories
  • feature stories
  • editorials
  • ‘letter to the editor’
  • columnists’ opinions
  • advertisements or,
  • community information (e.g. brochures).

There may be some semi-technical material (e.g. from a textbook or special interest magazine). The time allowed for reading will depend on the length of the text and the kind of information in the text. You may take note, underline or use a highlighter. You will show how well you understand what you have ready by talking to the tester. You may refer to the text when you are talking to the tester. You will not be allowed to use a dictionary.

Professional Registration:

In one part of the interview, you will read a variety of texts related to education and the socialization of young people. You will demonstrate your understanding of a text by talking to the tester about it.

exts may be selected from such materials as the following:

  • curriculum materials (e.g. syllabuses or text-books)
  • research reports
  • material from the mass media or professional journals (e.g. news stories, feature stories, editorials, letters to the editor’, columnists’ opinions, articles, reviews)
  • community information (e.g. brochures)
  • advertisements, or
  • material related to conditions of employment (e.g. newsletters from an employer or union).

Reading and drinking coffee

The time allowed for the reading will depend on the type and length of the text, with some flexibility to account for individual differences in reading speed. You may make notes, underline, or use a highlighter as you read. You may refer back to the text while you talk to the tester. Dictionary use is not allowed.

You will also be asked to read aloud a short text. This is likely to be a notice for students, or a section of one of the reading texts

Vocational Test:

In one part of the interview, you will read a variety of texts. You will demonstrate your understanding of a text by talking to the tester about it. Texts may be selected from such materials as the following:

  • vocational training materials (e.g. textbooks)
  • research reports
  • material from the mass media or professional journals (e.g. news stories, feature stories, editorials, ‘letters to the editor’, columnists’ opinions, articles, reviews)
  • community information (e.g. brochures)
  • advertisements
  • material related to conditions of employment (e.g. newsletters from an employer or union).

The time allowed for the reading will depend on the type and length of the text, with the flexibility to account for individual differences in speed. You may take notes as you read. You may refer back to the text while you talk to the tester. Dictionary use is not allowed.

In some vocations, you may also be asked to read aloud a short text typical of material read aloud in your vocation.

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