CAST Reading for Comprehension Practice Test
The reading for comprehension portion of the CAST exam is designed to measure your core reading skills. The ability to read and understand the information in the text is an essential part of any skilled trade job, even when you work primarily with your hands.
What Do I Need to Register for the CAST Exam?
If you need to take the CAST exam as part of the application process for a job, you will schedule your exam with the company where you are applying. They will also be the ones who administer the exam to you. Call to arrange the date and time as soon as you can but make sure you have one to three weeks to study and prepare for the test.
What Do I Need to Know About Test Day?
The exact test day conditions you will encounter depend on the company where you are taking the exam. They each have their own set of standards and procedures. However, there are a few general conditions that are universal:
- The entire test will last about two hours. The reading for comprehension section alone will last 30 minutes.
- The test is done with pencil and paper.
- All the materials you will need for the exam are provided for you by the test administrators. So don’t bring anything with you (except your photo ID).
- Calculators, dictionaries, and other study aids are not allowed.
- You will not be able to ask any questions during the exam so make sure to ask any questions you have before it starts.
- It’s highly recommended that you show up at least 15 minutes before your actual appointment.
If you need any special accommodations for a disability, you should call in advance to ask if they are able to provide them. In most cases, they will be able to but it’s still important to make the arrangements in advance.
For many of the sections, you might feel like it’s impossible to answer all of the questions in the time given. Keep in mind that this is part of the design. They want to measure how much you can do (and how accurately you do it) in the time provided. It’s better to focus on accuracy and correct answers rather than rushing through and guessing.
Which Skills Are Tested on the Reading for Comprehension Section?
The reading for comprehension section tests exactly what its name implies—your reading and comprehension skills. The section is made up of four separate reading passages which are each followed by a series of questions related to the passage you just read. Altogether, there will be 32 questions, all of which measure how much of the text you understood and retained.
What Is the Minimum Score Needed to Pass?
The CAST exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 10. This score is the cumulative score for all four sections of the test and it is intended to tell potential employers your relative ability to perform the duties of the job you are applying for.
Each company has their own cutoff score so the minimum you will need to pass depends on where you are applying. However, even if you do not get the job you were applying for, you can still use that score to apply for other jobs at different companies. You will not have to retake the exam each time you apply for a job.
What Do I Need to Study in Preparation for the Reading for Comprehension Section?
This will be the more difficult one to study for since it is less about remembering concepts and more about developing solid reading and comprehension skills. To make it even more challenging, you have a very short time frame in which to read all four passages and answer all 32 questions.
Given these constraints, your best bet is to focus your study time on practicing strategies that will help you read quickly without sacrificing your ability to actually absorb and understand what you are reading.
For that, you definitely want to use the tips and secrets provided in the Mometrix study guide. In addition to providing sample reading passages, it also contains a clear methodology for tackling a reading passage thoroughly and efficiently.
In addition to practicing the strategies provided, you should use the Mometrix flashcards to help build your vocabulary, especially when it comes to the kinds of terms you are most likely to see on the CAST exam.
The flashcards also make it very easy to squeeze study time into your busy schedule. Whenever you’re waiting in line or taking a break at work, pull out your flashcards and get a few minutes of study time in. These mini sessions will add up!
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