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Comprehension Testing - More Detail

The RocketReader Comprehension testing is designed to measure how much you understood and remembered from the text that was read. There is a comprehension test for each of the 100 practice readings, and for all of the speed tests. In all, RocketReader comes with over 10,000 multiple choice options. After you have completed a practice reading or a speed test you will be asked "Do you want to do a comprehension test?". If you reply "Y" you will enter the comprehension test window. A comprehension test is a series of multiple-choice questions. The following picture illustrates the first question in a comprehension test.

This is the first comprehension question from the educational practice reading "Dinosaurs". You can type in the correct answer directly into the box, or you can examine the multiple choice options by clicking on the down arrow in the box. This gives you the multiple choice options:

Once you have selected an option, RocketReader then shows you the next question. You cannot go back to any previously attempted questions and change your answer. The following diagram shows the next question.

Once you have answered each of the questions, RocketReader will indicate how many you answered correctly:

You can then scroll back and review the questions that you answered incorrectly. The corrected answers are marked in green.

Designing your own comprehension tests

Comprehension tests are easy to create. This can be used by teachers and parents to prepare suitable test questions for children. You can create your own comprehension tests by writing the questions in a special format and saving them in text file. RocketReader will pick up the matching comprehension file after a custom practice reading is done. The following diagram illustrates a sample comprehension file.

Chapter I. Down the <choice>-Hole.
{Rabbit, Ferret, Rat, Fox, Rodent}

So she was considering, in her own mind (as well as she could, for the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of making a <choice>-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her.
{daisy, flower, lupin, blossom, gold}

"Well!" thought Alice to herself. "After such a fall as this, I shall think nothing of tumbling down-stairs! How brave they'll all think me at home! Why, I wouldn't say anything about it, even if I fell off the top of the <choice>!"
{house, roof, dwelling, hut, wall}

The instructions for creating these files are contained in the RocketReader help system. You simply save the file with an extension of ".qmc" and RocketReader will automatically load up and prepare a comprehension test at the right time. If there are any errors in the specification of a comprehension text, RocketReader will tell you exactly in the text file that the error was found. You can then correct the error in your editor and re-save the file.

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