D7.6: Reading comprehension tests

Project Reference


Project Acronym


Project Full Title

A Flexible Interactive Reading Support Tool

Distribution Level


Contractual Date of Delivery

31 Dec 2013

Actual Date of Delivery

31 March 2014

Document Number


Status & Version


Number of Pages

199 (including appendices)

WP Contributing to the Deliverable


WP Task responsible

Vesna Jordanova


Arlinda Cerga Pashoja, Vesna Jordanova

Other Contributors

Martin Keats, David Gil, Antoneta Shishkova, Sandra Freire Prudencio, Ana Gonzalez


Constantin Orasan

EC Project Officer

Krister Olson


Clinical evaluation, reading comprehension testing, MCQs, statistical analysis.




The effectiveness of Open Book in terms of improving reading comprehension for people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) was evaluated by reading comprehension testing.


294 patients (209 males and 85 females) with high-functioning autism were recruited in the UK, Spain and Bulgaria. Comprehension tests were conducted in a controlled environment under time-limited conditions.


Each participant was presented with a battery of 6 texts followed by multiple choice questions and subjective text rating. Three of the texts were simplified through Open Book system and the other three were presented in their original form.  The order of the text presentation was randomly allocated and both researchers and participants were blind to this order. Participants were also blind to the condition of each text. Demographic trends for the sample are analysed and presented.