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Life and Work Reading

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Use the progress tests (pre- and post) in this reading comprehension series to monitor the progress of your ESL/ELL/VESL students. This competency-based series helps to identify the reading skills students need as you prepare them to function successfully in today's society.

Delivery Formats

Web-Based Testing (CASAS eTests Online)
Test Booklets

Scoring Options

CASAS eTests
TOPSpro Software
Manual Scoring (answer keys are included in Test Administration Manual)

Advantages and Benefits

  • Four levels of pre- and post-tests, from Level A (beginning literacy) to Level D (adult secondary level)
  • Measures all NRS levels
  • Tests administered on CASAS eTests or with test booklets
  • Tests easy to administer, score, and interpret
  • Balance of life skills and employment-related content
  • Life and Work Reading assessments correlate to CASAS Competencies and to CASAS Content Standards. Use student test results to help target instruction.

Test Specifics

Students have up to one hour to complete their test.

Life and Work Reading
Number of
Test Items
A Form 81 24
A Form 82 24
A *Form 81X 28
A *Form 82X 28
B Form 83 32
B Form 84 32
C †Form 85 37
C †Form 86 37
C Form 185 38
C Form 186 38
D Form 187 32
D Form 188 32

*Forms 81X and 82X are extended range tests that serve as a "bridge" between two levels.

†Forms 85 and 86 are workplace-focused. All other tests in this series are a balance of life skills and employment-related content.

Testing Accommodations

Sample Test Items

Download the Life and Work Reading sample test items to familiarize yourself and your students with the format and content of the series.


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CASAS offers self-paced CASAS Implementation Training at no cost. If you have not yet completed CASAS Implementation Training, you'll need to do so prior to ordering the Life and Work Reading series.


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