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Sample Items

Items from IALS have not been released for disclosure concerns, as unreleased items can be used in current and future adult literacy assessments, which allows for trend analysis with IALS. However, the links below contain examples of the tasks that were developed for the pilot study. These tasks were not used for the main survey, but they provide an idea of the types of tasks used in the final selection of items. The tables accompanying these tasks provide a broad analysis of each item, the theoretical difficulty summary score that was assigned (ranging from 5, easiest, to 19, most difficult), and the difficulty statistics that were gathered during the pilot study.

Document Literacy Sample Items
Clock Radio
Female Teachers
Prose Literacy Sample Items
Hiring Interview
MEDCO Aspirin
Proper Frame Fit
Quantitative Literacy Sample Items
Gas Gauge