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Assessment of Reading

  1. Keiko Koda

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0051

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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Koda, K. 2012. Assessment of Reading. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

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  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


Reading comprehension is a complex process, which has been conceptualized from diverse perspectives in first-language (L1) reading research. Reading in a second language (L2) entails even more complexity, but a definition of reading comprehension is needed if developers are to create tests that measure L2 learners' reading comprehension. This entry describes contrasting views of reading comprehension and their relation to reading assessment, and then explains differences between L1 and L2 reading and their relevance to L2 reading assessment.


  • assessment;
  • literacy;
  • reading