Reading Strategies Inventory
Listed below are statements about what people do when they read academic or school-related materials such as textbooks or library books.

After reading each statement, choose the number (1, 2, 3, 4, or 5) that applies to you using the scale provided. Please note that there are no right or wrong answers to the statements in this inventory.

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First Name *
Last Name *
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Which sentence below best describes how you view yourself as a reader? *
I have a purpose in mind when I read. *
I take notes while reading to help me understand what I read. *
I think about what I already know (my previous knowledge) to help me understand what I read. *
I preview the text to see what it’s about before reading it. *
When text becomes difficult, I read aloud to help me understand what I read. *
I summarize what I read to reflect on important information in the text. *
I think about whether the content of the text fits my reading purpose. *
I read slowly but carefully to be sure I understand what I’m reading. *
I discuss what I read with others to check my understanding. *
I skim the text first by noting characteristics like length and organization. *
I try to get back on track when I lose concentration. *
I underline or circle information in the text to help me remember it. *
I adjust my reading speed according to what I’m reading. *
I decide what to read closely and what to ignore. *
I use reference material such as a dictionary to help me understand what I read. *
When the text becomes difficult, I pay closer attention to what I’m reading. *
I use tables, figures, and pictures in the text to increase my understanding. *
I stop from time to time and think about what I’m reading. *
I use context clues to help me better understand what I’m reading. *
I paraphrase (restate ideas in my own words) to better understand what I read. *
I try to picture or visualize information to help me remember what I read. *
I use typographical aids like boldface and italics to identify key information. *
I critically analyze and evaluate the information presented in the text. *
I go back and forth in the text to find relationships among ideas in it. *
I check my understanding when I come across conflicting information. *
I try to guess what the material is about when I read. *
When the text becomes difficult, I reread to increase my understanding. *
I ask myself questions I like to have answered in the text. *
I check to see whether my guesses about the text are right or wrong. *
I try to guess the meaning of unknown words or phrases. *
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