How can you tell if you are reading a book that is at a CLB/CELBAN of 7, 8, 9?

Update 2021

Dear Kim,

Thanks again for your response! I have a question kim, In future report, can I consistently use simple past or other simple tenses? I find that simple tenses is easier, and if I stick with this strategy it will be easy, im not sure about this just saying ๐Ÿ™‚
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Regards,
G

Dear G,

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That is a good question. Do you remember what I taught about the reading and listening levels, which are connected to writing levels?
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How can you tell if you are reading a book at a CLB of 7, 8, 9?
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What are the differences in sentence structure and vocabulary?
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Study the differences between the local newspapers and the New York Times or the Financial Post.
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Look at the sentence structure and grammar.
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  • What do you observe?
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What Do You Observe in Reading the Following?

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Ease of Reading: 100%, Grade Level: 0.

  • Today I went down town. First I went to a store to look at scooters. I learned a lot. Then I went to a sport store. I looked at the kayaks. I got one. My friends helped me to bring it home. Then I went to dance.ย 

Ease of Reading: 89%, Grade Level: 4

  • This morning, after speaking with a friend, I went downtown. I checked out a motorcycle and scooter store to do some research on which one I should get. After that I went to an outdoors sports store where I purchased a kayak I had been eyeing and saving up for. Finally I had the money. I got a discount on: the PDF, the paddle, and the throw bag. My kind and equipped friends had a roof rack and helped me to bring it home. I ended the day with dance.ย 

Ease of Reading: 75%, Grade Level: 6.

  • This morning, after speaking with a friend, I went downtown. I perused a motorcycle and scooter store to do some research on which one I should get. I learned about fuel injection, pistons, and stability. The heavier scooters have a greater stability, but the fuel consumption is greater. All are approved by the EPA and meet emissions levels for 2018! Subsequently I went to an outdoors sports and leisure center where I purchased a kayak I had been eyeing and saving up for. Finally I had the money. I got a discount on: the PDF, the paddle, and the throw bag. My kind and equipped friends had a roof rack and helped me to bring it home. I ended the day with dance. We had dances from: Israel, Greece, Taiwan and the Yemen.ย 

Ease of Reading 70%, Grade Level: 7

  • This morning, after speaking with a friend, I went downtown to peruse a motorcycle and scooter store and to do some research on which one I should get. I learned about fuel injection, pistons, and stability; the heavier scooters have a greater stability, but the fuel consumption is greater. All are approved by the EPA and meet emissions levels for 2018! Subsequently I went to an outdoors sports and leisure center where I purchased a kayak I had been eyeing and saving up for. Finally I had the money but I still welcomed the ย discount on the following: the PDF, the paddle, and the throw bag. My kind and gracious friend had a roof rack ready to load the kayak and bring it home. I ended the day with dance. We had dances from: Israel, Greece, Taiwan and the Yemen. They included grapevines and Yemenites.ย 

Observations and Conclusions

In reading these passages, in comparing and contrasting:

  • What are the differences?
  • What about each paragraph increases or decreases the score?
  • What happens when you write a report with all your sentences having simple structure and all your verbs in simple past?
  • What would you have to do to get a reading/writing level to a higher level? (You are writing, your assessor is reading your writing.)
  • What do you need to learn how to do to increase your score in CELBAN writing?
  • What do you need to learn how to do to increase your score in CELBAN reading?
  • How can you use this information in choosing appropriate study materials?
  • How does knowing this help you to prepare for the CELBAN when it comes to reading, listening and writing?
Kim

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