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PPST Reading Test: Practice & Study Guide

The PPST Reading exam measures your ability to understand, assimilate and deduce arguments from selected passages primarily to assess your readiness for a teacher education program or teacher licensing. We'll help you prepare for the PPST Reading exam with easy-to-follow videos and self-assessment quizzes. 

About the Course

The PPST Reading Test, or Pre-Professional Skills Test: Reading, is an exam often used by schools to assess applicants of teacher education programs or by states for teacher licensing. The computerized version is a 75-minute test consisting of 46 multiple-choice questions (six of the questions are not counted toward the score). The non-computerized version contains 40 questions, and you're given 60 minutes to complete the test. The questions include reading passages or brief statements covering a range of subjects and situations adults could experience. The PPST Reading exam can be taken at high schools, universities and testing centers worldwide. However, the exam is only available in English.

Preparing and Registering for the PPST Reading Test

We offer online preparation for the PPST Reading exam with engaging and practical video lessons. Chapters in the PPST Reading course cover finding main and supporting ideas in a text, determining the organization of a passage, defining vocabulary words in context, evaluating ideas and arguments, using inferential reasoning, and interpreting a reading selection using generalization. Each lesson includes a brief quiz that lets you measure your comprehension of the subject matter covered. The quiz questions can give you the practice you need to get used to computerized testing.

You can register for the exam online. If you're a non-English speaker, disabled or require special testing accommodations, you must register by mail and submit required documentation. For the computerized version, you'll need to arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled test to participate in an orientation that explains how to take the computer-based exam. The fee for the test covers only the exam, and additional fees are required for late registration or registration by phone, testing site and date changes, additional score reports, and requests for score verification. On test day, you'll need to bring your exam ticket and photo identification. Electronic devices and personal items aren't allowed in the testing center without approval.

Scoring the PPST Reading Test

The score you receive takes into account only the questions you answered correctly. Unanswered or incorrectly answered questions won't reduce the final score. The state agency or school sets a minimum score required for passing, and your score report includes whether you met the minimum and passed the exam. ETS, the organization that administers the PPST Reading exam, automatically releases your score report to teacher licensing agencies in most states. Additionally, you'll receive your own score report and can specify any schools or organizations where you'd like a score report sent.

PPST Reading - Literal Comprehension

The components of the literal comprehension section of the PPST Reading exam are designed to gauge your understanding of a passage's meaning and organization. Following a reading selection, questions ask you to identify main and supporting ideas, determine a paragraph's organization, and choose the definition of vocabulary words used in sentences. Our PPST Reading course covers these areas fully with lessons on reading strategies, paraphrasing, cause and effect, sequence of events, syntax, and the function of transitions.

PPST Reading - Critical and Inferential Comprehension

This section of the exam measures your understanding of the strength, type and relevance of arguments in a text, the relationship of arguments to the main idea, and whether arguments are fact or the author's opinion. This section also requires you to make inferences, draw conclusions and ascertain attitudes of a passage as well as determine the outcome of arguments presented. These chapters and lessons teach you how to analyze a passage step-by-step, identify facts and details, compare and contrast ideas, evaluate reasoning, and use inference and logical assumptions to predict the outcome of an argument.

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