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PROBE 2

Reading Comprehension Assessment
Author(s): Chris Parkin and Catherine Parkin
Publisher: Triune Initiatives, 2011
SKU code: PG_PROBE

Overview

Purpose: To assess reading accuracy, reading behaviour and in-depth reading comprehension.

Age: 8-15 years

The PROBE 2 is primarily designed to be a controlled in-depth interview to help teachers achieve a greater understanding of how readers engage with text and what specific teaching is required.

Suitable for students ages 8-15, the PROBE2 can also be used with younger students who decode well, or with students learning to read English as a second language.

Key Features

  • 40 original new texts
  • Twenty levels (5 to 15.5 years with 6 month overlaps)
  • Fiction and non-fiction at every level
  • Targeted, defined comprehension questions
  • No pictures & minimal title clues (for testing text only)
  • Culturally & geographically non-specific texts
  • Greater Precision with questions design and matching the answers
  • Inclusion of the Determiner in the Manual (not a separate book as with the older edition)
  • Expanded answer section – one page per text
  • Key words with all answers

There are six targeted and defined question types for a clearer analysis of the reader’s comprehension ability:

  1. LITERAL: Finding information that is given directly in the text. Answers are found in a single sentence.
  2. REORGANISATION: Reconstructing two or more literal pieces of information contained in the text. Pieces can be within two adjacent sentences or scattered throughout the text.
  3. INFERENCE: Deducing information not given directly in the text. 'Simple' inference (relevant information is not widely scattered).
  4. VOCABULARY: Determining the meaning of unknown words from context. Vocabulary questions can be solved within context.
  5. EVALUATION: Gathering information and drawing inferences. 'Complex' inference (relevant information is more widely spread).
  6. REACTION: Expressing an opinion based on information given in the text. The text has to form the basis of that opinion.

The PROBE 2 Kit Includes:

  • Manual – Including Guide, Determiner, Answers (with keywords) & Copymasters
  • Student Texts - Including Students' Guide, Determiner wordlists & Texts with questions
  • A Students' Guide to the PROBE Assessment CD

When multiple copies of the (full) PROBE 2 Assessment kit are required and budgets are limited, the PROBE 2 Supplementary kit provides an alternative.

The KEY series is directly linked to PROBE question types. Find out more about the KEY into Reorganisation, Inference and Evaluation.

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Author(s): Chris Parkin and Catherine Parkin