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What vocabulary questions are used in the NAEP reading assessments?

Explore sample vocabulary questions from the 2009 and 2011 reading assessments, and see how they relate to student performance.


*To find sample vocabulary questions in the NAEP Questions Tool, begin by selecting the subject, Reading. Then refine your search by selecting “Multiple-choice” and “Integrate/Interpret.” The vocabulary questions are easy to identify by their descriptors, all of which begin with “Interpret word as used….” For example, “Interpret word as used in story” or “Interpret word as used in passage.”


Test Yourself in Vocabulary

Select one of the grade tabs below to try out vocabulary questions from the 2009 and 2011 NAEP reading assessments. After answering all the questions, select "submit" and compare your answers to those of students who took the assessment. Click on the annotated passage to gain insight into the reading passage and the questions associated with it.

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 Grade 12 Sample Questions

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Question 1


On page 2, the author says that we can mitigate the challenges of the digital age. He is suggesting that we can

 A. expand research studies of technological problems 
 B. look forward to many technological advances
 C. lessen the problems caused by technology
 D. increase public awareness of technology


Question 2


On page 2, the author mentions people being proactive. He means that people should

A. make sure workers maintain a good attitude
B. work more hours in order to be more productive
C. be professional about dealing with change
D. act in a way that anticipates change


Question 3


On page 3, the author talks about making the investments necessary to capitalize on the digital age. He is referring to

 A. locating new businesses in big cities
 B. spending more money on technology than on people
 C. gaining advantages by using technology
 D. hiring strong leaders to improve the company


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