Using Cloze for Assessment

Using Cloze for Assessment
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  • 0:03 The Cloze Procedure
  • 0:39 Assessing Vocabulary
  • 1:51 Assessing Grammar Skills
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Instructor: Derek Hughes
The cloze procedure is a useful tool for reading assessment. This lesson will detail several ways you can use the procedure to assess your students' reading comprehension and grammar skills.

The Cloze Procedure

The cloze procedure, also called the cloze readability test, is a technique in which words are deleted in a passage to create blanks. Students must then fill in these blanks with appropriate word choices, sometimes provided in a word bank. The procedure can be incredibly useful for assessing students in various reading comprehension and grammar skills. You can use the procedure to target different skills depending on which words you delete from a passage.

This lesson will show how you can use the cloze procedure to assess various skills, including examples of passages that target those skills.

Assessing Vocabulary

Using the cloze procedure to assess vocabulary is as simple as deleting the targeted vocabulary words from the passage. Since you are targeting specific words, you may need to write the passage yourself instead of finding a passage that includes all of the vocab words of the study unit and deleting choice terms. When writing your own passage, make sure it is readable by your students. If the students can't read your passage, they will likely not be able to fill in the blanks, even if they know the vocabulary words.

The following passage was written to test students' knowledge of the words 'famous,' 'rumor,' 'wealthy,' and 'crowd.'

Jennifer Lawrence is a (blank) actress. She has acted in many well-known movies. Everyone loves her and there is always a (blank) at her new movies. Acting in these movies has made her very (blank). I heard a (blank) that she owns four houses!

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