Reading COMPETENCY TEST

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Part 1 of the reading competency test measures phonics knowledge, and it is intended for students who have completed 2nd grade. Part 2 indicates grade level reading ability.

Print a student test (click here for the printable student test) for your student to read to you. DO NOT let them read from the same device or page you use. This causes distractions and inaccurate test results.

You can make check marks below for instant results, or print and use the scorer’s copy.

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PART ONE – Phonetic Code Proficiency

Part one is intended for students who have completed 2nd grade.

Have the student read aloud from his/her copy. As you listen, make a check mark in each section every time the student:

  1. Skips a word
  2. Substitutes
  3. Inserts a non-related word
  4. Mispronounces a word (if the student corrects the mispronunciation, remove the check mark).

STOP THE TEST IF STUDENT REACHES FOUR CHECK MARKS IN ANY ONE GROUP

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The big red hen is mad.
Did Bob get on the bus?
Ben can fix his bad bat.
Hit the fat bug on the bed.
Don let the cat sit on his lap.
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Step up when I yell, “Lift the flag.”
Bang went the black drum!
Stan shot the last duck.
Blot up the mess on the glass top desk.
Help Fred lift the big clock.
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Steve got a base hit late in the game.
Take the pan of white rice off the stove.
Kate will bake a fine cake and win a dime.
Dave rode his bike in the race.
Mike chose the cage of mice for his prize.
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In a dream Gail met a sheep on the beach.
Take a seat on the boat by the sail.
Wait a week to paint the chain.
His team made roast beef to eat.
The rain on his feet made Dean groan.
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Her third bird was born in the barn.
Take more care of your hair.
Four car horns were heard by the clerk.
Wear your shirt in the street or at work.
The sports stars will park their cars by the church.
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I found a foul mouse in our room.
If I boil the sour soup it will spoil.
A loud howl was heard on the lawn.
The clown shook the round hoop.
Mack bought his smooth boots in town.
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He saw Sue play with the toy bee.
You may buy the two new saws.
Can she ski on the wide blue sea?
The cow and the crow play by the tree.
The blue fly lays its eggs in the dry hay.
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It was dumb to leave his glove in the field.
The calf would like some salt this cold night.
A ghost said, “Dare to guess if I am dead.”
Phone for some bread and fruit for the child.
Find the part of the sword that is rough to touch.
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Score = Independent Level

Your student has mastered the phonics rules for the second grade reading level.

Score = Instructional Level

Your student has not yet mastered the phonics rules for the second grade reading level. If your student is currently in the second grade or higher, we recommend remedial phonics instruction immediately. Here are some RESOURCES.

Score = Frustration Level

Your student is struggling for the second grade reading level, most likely due to inadequate instruction. We recommend intensive, systematic phonics instruction immediately to get your student on the right track. Here are some RESOURCES to get you started!

A century of findings from experimental research on reading development make clear that the best way to develop a student’s quick and accurate (automatic) recognition of written words is to use intensive systematic phonics instruction to teach a student to read, beginning in Kindergarten.

It is also well known from experimental research that no factor relates more closely to students’ ability to comprehend what they read than does the automatic recognition of words.

Mastery of phonics information and how to apply it is a prerequisite to a student’s successful reading development.

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PART TWO – Determining Reading Grade Level

Each paragraph in this test represents material that children who have been properly taught should be able to read and comprehend within their grade level today.

Have the student read aloud from his/her copy. As you listen, make a check mark in each section every time the student:

  1. Omits a word
  2. Substitutes a word
  3. Inserts a word
  4. Mispronounces a word (if the student corrects the mispronunciation, remove the check mark).

Do not tell the student of grade level of the paragraph that he or she is to read.

STOP THE TEST IF STUDENT REACHES FIVE OR MORE CHECK MARKS IN ANY ONE GRADE LEVEL.

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“What is that?” said Lucy, as she came out on the steps. “Oh, it is a little boat! What a pretty one it is!” “I will give it to you when it is finished,” said John, kindly. “Would you like to have it?” “Yes, very much, thank you, John. Has grandma seen it?”
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2
Herbert worked away until he had made the beam and the post. Then he made a hole in the middle of the block, and put the post in. Next, he put the beam into a little groove at the top of the post, so that it would balance nicely.
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3
“Don’t you hate splitting wood?” asked Charlie, as he sat down on a log to hinder Rob for a while. “No, I rather like it. When I get hold of a tough old fellow, I say, ‘See here, now, you think you’re the stronger, and are going to beat me.’”
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4
In several parts of the world there are to be found large herds of wild horses. In South America the immense plains are inhabited by them, and it is said that ten thousand are sometimes found in a single herd. These herds are always preceded by a leader, who directs their motions.
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5
The bear, a ten–foot mass in tolerable proportion, seemed to be regularly beset by a pack of hungry little swells. First, one would take him on the haunch, then whip back into the sea over his tail and between his legs. Presently a bolder swell would rise and pitch into his back.
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6
It is a spacious and timbered room, with one large bull’s eye window—an overgrown lens. The thing is sort of a Cyclops. There are ropes, and chains, and a windlass. There is a bell by which the engineer of the first engine can signal the plowman, and a cord whereby the plowman can talk back.
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Results

Interpretation:
Frustration Level = The student requires immediate instruction in systematic phonics.
Instructional Level = The student needs remedial help in mastering the complete phonetic code.
Independent Level = The student has mastered phonics at this level.

Score = 1st Grade Reading Level

Score = 2nd Grade Reading Level

Score = 3rd Grade Reading Level

Score = 4th Grade Reading Level

Score = 5th Grade Reading Level

If this reading level is below your child’s current grade, we recommend systematic phonics based reading instruction immediately. Here are some RESOURCES to get you started!

Once a student has reached sixth grade and has not mastered the decoding system of the English language they are in great jeopardy of failure, dropping out of school, or being placed in special education when their only deficiency is poor instruction in the alphabetic code.

Score = 6th Grade Reading Level

If this reading level is below your child’s current grade, we recommend systematic phonics based reading instruction immediately. Here are some http://www.nrrf.org/resources/#featured-products to get you started!

Once a student has reached sixth grade and has not mastered the decoding system of the English language they are in great jeopardy of failure, dropping out of school, or being placed in special education when their only deficiency is poor instruction in the alphabetic code.