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0001 Meaning of Words and Phrases
0002 Main Idea and Supporting Details
0003 Apply Skills of Inference and Interpretation
0004 Analyze Relationships Among Ideas
0005 Use Critical Reasoning Skills
0006 Apply Skills for Outlining, Summarizing, and Interpreting
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Reading Competencies Tested on the ILTS

The ILTS reading test contains six general objectives which define the knowledge and skills that Illinois educators and teacher educators have determined to be important for educators to possess. Each objective is expanded upon by descriptive statements. Descriptive statements provide examples of the range, type, and level of content that may appear on the test for questions measuring the objective.

An outline showing these objective and descriptive statements is shown below.

0001 Determine the meaning of words and phrases in context

  • Use context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words or words with multiple meanings
  • Recognize the correct use of commonly misused pairs (e.g., affect/effect) in a passage
  • Determine the meaning of figurative or colloquial language in a passage
  • Identify appropriate synonyms or antonyms for words in a passage.

0002 Understand the main idea and supporting details in written material

  • Identify the stated main idea of a paragraph or passage
  • Establish the sequence of events or steps presented in a passage
  • Recognize information that supports, illustrates, or elaborates the main idea of a paragraph or a passage
  • Identify the meaning of a figurative expression in a passage.

0003 Apply skills of inference and interpretation to a variety of written materials

  • Recognize a writer's implied purpose for writing (e.g., to persuade, to describe)
  • Identify the statement that best expresses the implied main idea of a paragraph or passage
  • Recognize implied cause-and-effect relationships in a passage
  • Interpret the content, word choice, and phrasing of a passage to determine a writer's opinions, point of view, or position on an issue.

0004 Analyze relationships among ideas in written material

  • Recognize similarities and differences among ideas in a passage
  • Analyze relationships between ideas in opposition (e.g., pro and con)
  • Select solutions to problems based on information presented in written material
  • Draw conclusions from information stated or implied in a passage.

0005 Use critical reasoning skills to evaluate written material

  • Recognize stated or implied assumptions on which the validity of an argument depends
  • Determine the relevance of specific facts, examples, or graphic data to a writer's argument
  • Recognize fallacies in the logic of a writer's argument
  • Recognize qualifying language and distinguish between fact and opinion in written material
  • Assess the credibility, objectivity, or bias of the author of a passage or the author's sources.

0006 Apply skills for outlining and summarizing written materials and interpreting information presented in graphs or tables

  • Organize the main ideas in a passage into an outline or another form of graphic or tabular organization
  • Identify an accurate summary of a passage
  • Interpret information presented in charts, graphs, or tables.