About GL English
The English assessment paper begins with a Practice Assessment comprising of a short reading passage with 3 familiarisation questions (comprehension) and 7 practice questions (4 spelling and 3 punctuation) which takes about 20 minutes to complete.
The Main Assessment then begins and requires the children to work through 60 questions in 50 minutes. The paper has three reading passages, each of which is followed by a number of comprehension questions. There are also a number of spelling questions and punctuation questions, which all have a valid answer option of no mistake where no correction was necessary. The paper finishes with some general questions. Overall, approximately 60% of the marks are for the comprehension questions which follow the reading passages and approximately 40% of the marks are for the spelling, punctuation and general questions.
The comprehension passages are presented in evenly spaced 12pt text. They may be accompanied with images to illustrate the text.The content of the English assessment paper is intended to reflect aspects of English language involving comprehension, vocabulary, punctuation, spelling and study skills.
The assessment booklets have been designed as simulations of the usual book layout; title and contents pages at the front, index, and glossary at the back. The passages chosen have been selected to represent a variety of styles and authorship and the types of passage a child might come across in the normal course of reading in school or at home. The content of the passages is suited in difficulty and interest to children in the age group being assessed.
Comprehension is considered to be of considerable importance and this is reflected in the structure of the assessment paper. Other skills occupy a smaller proportion of the assessment questions. The questions themselves are phrased in language which is simpler in structure and vocabulary than the assessment passages. They are presented in groups relating to a preceding passage.
The spelling and punctuation exercises use short passages of dialogue taken from children’s literature. Finally, at the end of the assessment booklet there is a general section which includes questions designed to encourage children to review mentally all the passages they have read (although not in specific detail). This section also includes general questions relating to study skills.
The assessment includes the following:
- Comprehension: literal and inferential interpretation of statements in the passages.
- Vocabulary: meanings of selected words in the context of the passage.
- Spelling and Punctuation: proofreading skills in detecting mistakes in printed material.
- Study Skills: knowledge of book layout and methods of finding a reference.