Reading

about The Updated Reading sub-test consists of three parts and a total of 42 questions. All three parts take a total of 60 minutes to complete. The topics are of general healthcare interest and are therefore accessible to candidates across all professions.

The Reading sub-test structure

Part A is a expeditious reading task (15 minutes)
Part A assesses a candidate's ability to locate specific information (using skimming and scanning) from four short texts in a quick and efficient manner. The four short texts relate to a single healthcare topic and are the kinds of texts that a health professional would commonly use at workplace while treating a patient. One of the texts will have numerical data, but the candidates will not be required to make any mathemetical calculations. The candidates need to answer 20 questions in the allocated time period, and the questions consist of matching, sentence completion and short answer questions.

Part B and Part C need to be collectively completed in 45 minutes and involve careful reading tasks
Part B assesses a candidate's ability to identify the detail, gist or main point of six short texts sourced from the healthcare workplace (100-150 words each), and the candidates will answer a three-option multiple choice question for each text . The texts might consist of extracts from policy documents, hospital guidelines, manuals or internal communications, such as emails or memos.

Part C assesses a candidate's ability to identify detailed meaning and opinion in two texts on topics of interest to healthcare professionals (800 words each). For each text, candidates must answer eight four-option multiple choice questions.