Assessing Reading Skills in Higher Education: From Background Information Through to Recommendations: SASC Authorised

This webinar will be exploring the assessment of reading skills in higher education


This course will help both newly qualified specialist teacher assessors or those assessors wishing to refresh their professional skills and knowledge. The course will primarily focus on the use of the Adult Reading Test (ART 2) to assess reading comprehension, exploring both quantitative and qualitative evidence.

Course Description

The webinar will cover:

The importance of background information and how to gather the information neededThis will specifically relate to reading skills.

This will support the writing of background information in the ‘Education and Work History’ and ‘Current Concerns with Literacy’ sections of the ‘SASC - Format for a Post-16 Years Diagnostic Assessment Report for Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs)’.

The assessment of reading skills.

With reference to the most recent SASC guidance, a brief overview will be given of selected tests that can be used to assess reading skills at higher education level. Following this, we will explore the use of the UK normed Adult Reading Test Second Edition (ART 2) to assess reading comprehension using continuous prose (silent), and oral reading of continuous prose (qualitative analysis).

This will support the writing of the ‘Reading Comprehension’ section of the ‘SASC - Format for a Post-16 Years Diagnostic Assessment Report for Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs)’

Case Study

A case study will be used to explore a student’s reading profile, from background information through to recommendations for higher education.

At the end of the presentation, you will be encouraged to reflect on what you have learnt and how this will impact on your practice. This will support the completion of your CPD log in support of an application for APC renewal.

  • To enable the participant to reflect on how to collect evidence for report writing
  • To become familiar with the SASC guidance and where to find this guidance
  • To reflect as an assessor on own practice
  • To enhance participants understanding and use of ART2

Course Outcome

  • The importance of background information and how to gather the information needed
  • The assessment of reading skills, with a focus on reading comprehension.
  • Case Study


Where possible, delegates are asked to bring a copy of the ART 2. Relevant pages will be shared on screen.

Target Audience

Delegates should be working in HE


This training course is for one and a half hours from 12noon - 1.30pm on Thursday, 8 July 2021 on GoToWebinar. Delegates will have access to the recording of the webinar for two weeks after to watch as many times as they like. If you cannot attend live on the day, you will still have access to the recordings on the same evening for two weeks from that date.

Course Materials

Electronic copies of the handouts will be provided but delegates will be responsible for printing off their own copies as this event is online.

Joining Instructions

Delegates will be sent a link to GoToWebinar where the course will be held a few days before. You do no need specialist software or an app to attend.

Terms & Conditions

Please note, this training must be paid in full before access is given to the webinar. By submitting a booking you are agreeing to pay Patoss Ltd within 30 days and accept our Cancellation/Transfer Policy and Terms and Conditions which are shown at the bottom of the website page. 

Delegates will be responsible for ensuring that they have suitable Wi-Fi, hardware and software to enable them to view the webinar.


Sheila Rostill, Webinar Administrator


T:   07956 644 786

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1.5 Hours

For those professionals seeking to update an Assessment Practising Certificate, this event will contribute 1.5 hours to the core assessment practice CPD requirements.

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