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What Are Concepts About Print?

Understanding the Concepts About Print Assessment

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All About Concepts About Print

As your child begins formal reading instruction, you may begin to hear about something called Concepts About Print (CAP) or Concepts of Print. You may even receive a paper outlining how well your child has done on her CAP assessment. Unfortunately, unless you know what Concepts About Print are, it's hard to know how well your child is doing or how you can support her learning.

Simply put,Concepts About Print are the things a student needs to know about books, letters, words, directionality, punctuation and other pre-reading skills in order to be a sucessful reader. The teacher performing the CAP Assessment will give your child a simple reader and ask her to do the following things:

  • Identify the front cover of the book.  
  • Identify the back cover of the book.
  • Show or point to the title of the book.
  • Show where to begin reading.
  • Use her finger to show which way to go as the teacher reads the page.
  • Show the teacher where to begin the next sentence.
  • Point to each word as it is read (also known as one-to-one word correspondence).
  • Point to the first and last words on the page.
  • Frame one word (then two words) between her index fingers.
  • Point to the first and last letters in a word.
  • Frame first one letter and then two letters in a word.
  • Name a few letters on the page that she recognizes.
  • Identify a capital (big) and lowercase (little) letter on the page.
  • Give the name or function of a period, question mark,exclamation point, quotation marks and comma.


Each correct identification or answer is worth one point for a possible total of 22 points, so your child's score will often be presented as  X/22 ( or X out of 22) points.

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