The Reading Test

The EXPLORE Reading Test measures your ability to understand written material from different school subjects. The skills measured include referring to details in the passage, drawing conclusions, and making comparisons and generalizations. The test does not cover information outside the passages, vocabulary taken out of context, or formal logic.

The passages are typical of materials you might read in school, including:

Prose Fiction
Short stories or excerpts from short stories or novels
 
Humanities
Excerpts from memoirs and personal essays, and from works on architecture, art, dance, ethics, film, language, literary criticism, music, philosophy, radio, religion, television, and theater
 
Social Sciences
Excerpts from works on anthropology, archaeology, biography, business, economics, education, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology
Sample Reading Test Items
 (PDF; 2 pages, 10KB)