For the “Reading & writing: Fill in the blanks” task you will be presented with a reading text containing 300 words or less. The text will be missing some key words, represented by blank text boxes. You must use your mouse to click a drop-down menu and select the correct word to complete each sentence. You will receive credit for every correct word you insert into the paragraph, so it’s better not to leave anything blank, even if you are unsure about your answer. It is also important for you to know that none of the reading tasks are timed individually. This means that you will have a set amount of time (30-40 minutes) to complete the entire reading section, and you must use your time wisely for each task. Here is what you will see on the screen:
What does it test?
- Your Understanding of Organization: This is your ability to recognize how sentences fit together to form a cohesive, logical paragraph.
- Your Reading Level: In order for you to correctly identify the missing words, you need to have a relatively high level of reading fluency; you must understand the “gist” of each sentence, as well as the individual vocabulary words.
- Your Ability to Infer Context: This means that you are able to use the grammar and other context clues (wording, main ideas) in the text to select the appropriate word for each blank.
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