High-quality test materials

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Well-designed, high quality, realistic and appropriate test material is essential in any research that seeks to make judgements about reading.

We worked with editors and designers at Oxford Unversity Press helped us to identify a suitable base text and allowed us to use their electronic versions of the book A sheepless night from the Oxford Literacy Web series. We used panels of experts to help make decisions about the typeface and spacing variables we used in the testing.

The illustrations were printed 4-colour process and the text in black on good quality paper. Each test version of A sheepless night was saddle-stitched and trimmed, and when used in schools was shown with the original cover in place.

Title page from one of the test booklets