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Frequently Asked Questions

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What questions can PIRLS answer?

PIRLS is a carefully constructed reading assessment, consisting of a test of reading literacy and questionnaires to collect information about 4th-grade children's reading literacy performance.

PIRLS will help educators and policymakers by answering questions such as:

  • How well do 4th-grade students read?
  • How do students in one country compare with students in another country in reading literacy?
  • Do 4th-grade students value and enjoy reading?
  • Internationally, how do the reading habits and attitudes of students vary?

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