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ERIC Number: ED177488
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 11
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The "Nelson-Denny Test" in College Reading Programs.
Clary, Linda Mixon
Reviews of the Nelson-Denny Reading Test (N-D) for college students indicate that the test may not be appropriate for all college students. Although the N-D is easy to administer and score, some of its traits make it questionable for use in evaluating open admissions students: it is timed; it measures vocabulary, rate, and comprehension in a mere 35 minutes, using 100 vocabulary questions and only 36 comprehension questions; the language is awkward; the length of the passages does not vary significantly; no purposes are provided for the readings; in some cases, the questions can be answered without reading the required passages; it lacks differentiation in reading skills; and passages have wide ranges of readability levels, varying from tenth grade to beyond the college level. Instead of using a single test like the N-D, a collection of measures should be used to assess the people and programs involved in college reading instruction. Such a collection would include diagnostic instruments, criterion referenced tests, cloze exercises, teacher checklists, informal reading inventories, word lists, and skill inventories. Any testing program that includes less data must be aimed more at simply using test scores for records than at determining information that will aid in the instruction of students. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Nelson Denny Reading Tests