E T S Praxis Series

Pre-Professional Skills Test: Reading (0710)

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Topics Covered

Representative descriptions of topics covered in each category are provided below.

Current section: II. Critical and Inferential Comprehension

II. Critical and Inferential Comprehension

Critical and inferential comprehension content measures the ability to evaluate a reading selection and its messages.

  1. Evaluation
    1. Determine whether evidence strengthens, weakens, or is relevant to the arguments in a reading selection
    2. Determine the role that an idea, reference, or piece of information plays in an author's discussion or argument
    3. Determine whether information presented in a reading selection is presented as fact or opinion
    4. Identify the relationship among ideas presented in a reading selection
  1. Inferential Reasoning
    1. Draw inferences and implications from the directly stated content of a reading selection
    2. Determine the logical assumptions upon which an argument or conclusion is based
    3. Determine the author's attitude toward material discussed in a reading selection
  1. Generalization
    1. Recognize or predict ideas or situations that are extensions of or similar to what has been presented in a reading selection
    2. Draw conclusions from material presented in a reading selection
    3. Apply ideas presented in a reading selection to other situations