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York Assessment of Reading for Comprehension (YARC) Passage Reading Secondary comprises a series of prose passages – both fiction and non-fiction – that enables the assessment of a student’s reading comprehension and fluency in a systematic way across the secondary school years.

  • Contains passages for students from age 12 to 16 to read silently
  • Includes passages developed for students with a reading age of 8 to 9 years which are read aloud and include a miscue analysis
  • Comprehension questions tap vocabulary knowledge and different types of inference
  • Ideal as an assessment before and after a specific intervention programme
  • Provides standard scores, age equivalent scores and percentile ranks
  • Contains all new material and data from UK-wide standardisation, carried out in 2009
  • Fits with latest pedagogy and curricula for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
  • Developed by Centre for Reading and Language at the University of York, one of the UK’s leading centres for research into the nature and causes of reading and language difficulties


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