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- Available Lessons: 38
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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Course SummaryUse the lessons found in this engaging test practice course to prepare for the National Evaluation Series (NES) Essential Academic Skills Reading subtest. Our video and text lessons and quizzes match the subjects you'll find on the exam so you can maximize your chances of passing.
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About This Course
This course offers you a quick way to prepare for the NES Essential Academic Skills Reading subtest. Covering all of the reading skills you'll need to demonstrate on the exam, the course goes over concepts related to writing development, literary analysis, reading comprehension, word meaning and much more. The course can be accessed at any time that fits your schedule, and we've included practice tests that you can take to assess your reading skills. If you have any questions while you study, don't hesitate to reach out to our subject matter-experts online.
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Syllabus & Course Information
This course is designed specifically with the reading skills you'll need in order to perform well on the NES Essential Academic Skills Reading subtest. The course's lessons and quizzes help you practice interpreting text passages and strengthen your reading comprehension skills. When you're finished with the course, you should be able to:
- Decipher word meanings
- Find, construct and infer meaning in literary passages
- Understand main idea, purpose, point of view and chain of events
- Differentiate between fact and opinion in nonfiction writing
- Apply strategies for answering questions about reading passages
- Organize information for writing development
This course is broken into 6 chapters, and it contains a total of 32 lessons. You can access the course at any time using your computer or mobile device. When you complete each lesson, try the accompanying self-assessment quiz to make sure you fully understand key concepts.
NES Essential Academic Skills Subtest I: Reading Information
The NES Essential Academic Skills Reading subtest is part of the licensure requirements for teachers in several states, such as New Mexico, Oregon and Arizona.
- Number of Questions: 45
- Question Type: Multiple-choice
- Time Limit: 1 hour
- Exam Cost: $50 for one subtest; $75 for any two subtests; $100 for any three subtests; $125 for all four subtests
NES Essential Academic Skills Subtest I: Reading Breakdown
|NES Essential Academic Skills Subtest I: Reading Concept||Percent of the NES Essential Academic Skills Subtest I: Reading||Approximate Number of Questions||Chapter Lessons|
|Word and phrase meaning||20%||9||10|
|Main idea and supporting details||20%||9||12|
|Writer's purpose, audience point of view and intended meaning||20%||9||3|
|Critical reasoning skills for written material evaluation||20%||9||4|
|Information organization in written and graphic forms||20%||9||3|
NES Essential Academic Skills Subtest I: Reading Preparation & Registration
The resources in this study guide will help you brush up on the topics you'll be tested on during the NES Essential Academic Skills Reading exam. Use the lessons to review concepts you may not have studied in awhile or fill in any knowledge gaps. You'll cover topics related to reading skills like identifying word meanings, understanding an author's purpose and analyzing literary passages.
Registration for the test takes place online. You will need to create an account and choose a testing center. Testing sites exist nationwide, so you will have a variety of locations to choose from. When you register, you can indicate the institution or teacher certification agency that you want to receive a copy of your score. Try to register as early as possible. After you register, you will be sent confirmation information with your test type, date, time and test center. On the day of the exam, make sure you bring a photo ID to the test site.
Scoring the NES Essential Academic Skills Reading Exam
You will receive a scaled score immediately after you take the test. Your full score report will be sent to you and any institutions you've specified within two weeks. There will be 45 questions on the exam, which you will have one hour to complete them. You will be tested on the following content areas:
Understand the Meaning of Words and Phrases
Exam topics covered: Identifying the meaning of unfamiliar words and phrases using context, finding the meaning of words and phrases with multiple meanings, figurative language, synonyms and antonyms
What you'll study: This course includes lessons on using context, relationships, structural analysis, affixes and roots to determine word meanings. Examine information on synonyms and antonyms, connotation and denotation, and constructing meaning with prior knowledge. Word structure and context clues, inferring intended meaning and interpreting figurative language are other areas of focus.
Understand the Main Idea and Supporting Details in Written Material
Exam topics covered: Stated main ideas, implied main ideas and supporting ideas and details
What you'll study: This study guide will instruct you on explaining important points through supporting details and main ideas.
Understand a Writer's Purpose and Audience, Point of View and Intended Meaning
Exam topics covered: Writer's stated or implied purpose, appropriateness of written material for a given audience or purpose, word and phrase choice, determining the writer's viewpoint or opinion from word choice, phrasing and context
What you'll study: You'll find lessons on the author's purpose, implied main ideas, the effects of word choice on tone and meaning, point of view, and the process of drawing conclusions from a reading selection.
Use Critical Reasoning Skills to Evaluate Written Material
Exam topics covered: Cause-and-effect relationships, drawing conclusions from stated or implied information, recognizing assumptions that support an argument, differentiating between fact and opinion as well as assessing the credibility and bias of authors and sources
What you'll study: Use the lessons in this course to learn about sequences of events and cause and effect relationships, drawing conclusions from written texts, telling the difference between fact, persuasion or informed opinion and assessing a writer's credibility or bias.
Understand the Organization of Information in Written or Graphic Form
Exam topics covered: Ways of organizing information, paragraph and passage summaries, and interpreting information from charts, diagrams, maps and tables
What you'll study: These lessons will teach you how to use outlines and text mapping to organize information, create and recognize effective summaries of both paragraphs and passages, and interpret information from graphs.
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