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Reading sample materials

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These materials are provided to exemplify the types of text and questions that are used for the statutory National Reading Tests.
Teachers' version - Years 2-3
Learners' version - Years 2-3
Teachers' version - Years 4-6
Learners' version - Years 4-6
Teachers' version - Years 7-9
Learners' version - Years 7-9

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There are four reading tests in English and four reading tests in Welsh (these are unique tests, not translations) for use in May which will be used across pairs of year groups – Years 2/3, Years 4/5, Years 6/7 and Years 8/9.

However, for the purposes of these samples, materials are presented in the following way, with a view to making it easier for use in schools.

  • Years 2/3 – learner version and teacher version
  • Years 4/5/6 (primary materials) – learner version and teacher version
  • Years 7/8/9 (secondary materials) – learner version and teacher version.

The materials are intended to be used together – with the learner version and the teacher version complementing each other.

Each learner version consists of a text and associated questions. This can be downloaded and used with learners in class – either as printed copies or electronically, for example, on an interactive whiteboard.

Each teacher version consists of an annotated copy of the learner version. This provides information about the purpose of each question type as well as explaining ways in which the questions should be approached in order for learners to show the best of their ability. The teacher version can be downloaded and printed or used electronically.

Please note: these sample materials are not intended to represent a whole test, merely to exemplify the style of questioning that will be employed.

Modified sample materials are being produced to support learners with visual impairment or learners who normally use large print as part of their normal classroom practice.

All materials are available in Modified Large Print (B4 sized, 18 point font) or Braille (Grade 2). Materials for learners in Years 4 to 9 are also available in Enlarged Print format (B4 sized, 14 point font).

If you have ordered modified tests and would like to receive a copy of these sample materials in their modified form, please contact the Test Order Helpline on 02920 265327 or at wgto@nationaltests.cymru

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