The two reading purposes and four comprehension processes form the basis for assessing PIRLS as well as ePIRLS online reading. Exhibit 2 presents the reading purposes and processes assessed by PIRLS and the percentages of the assessment devoted to each.

Exhibit 2: Percentages of the PIRLS and ePIRLS Reading Assessments Devoted to Each Reading Purpose and Comprehension Process

Purposes for Reading    
Literary Experience 50% 0%
Acquire and Use Information 50% 100%
Processes of Comprehension    
Focus on and Retrieve Explicitly Stated Information 20% 20%
Make Straightforward Inferences 30% 30%
Interpret and Integrate Ideas and Information 30% 30%
Evaluate and Critique Content and Textual Elements 20% 20%