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Sample Document Question

Below is a sample document task and its corresponding bill stimulus material. The respondent must use text search skills to locate the answer—“4268.85”—with the aid of a facilitator (i.e., repetition of key terms “gross pay” and “year-to-date” in the instructions and in the stimulus material) while not getting distracted by an inhibitor like “net pay,” which is similar in lexical form to “gross pay.”

What is the gross pay for this year to date?

Sample Document Question
View text equivalent to the Wage Statement image.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 1992 National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS). Available in the Sample Questions section of the NAAL website.

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