One Minute Pseudoword Reading
This test assesses decoding efficiency in a 1-minute reading-aloud format. Pseudowords present as unfamiliar, meaningless items and therefore the reader relies primarily on his or her knowledge of letter-sound (grapheme-phoneme) correspondences to decode the letter strings. Tests such as this are often considered useful measures of phonological processing, and more specifically of grapho-phonemic decoding fluency.
This test is suitable for children in Reception Year to Year 6. With very young/inexperienced readers (Reception to mid-Year 1), however, it may add little information over and above its real-word counterpart (One Minute Word Reading Task).
Scoring: accuracy, errors
Accuracy: The main score of reading aloud efficiency is obtained by subtracting the number of incorrect responses (including skipped items) from the sum of attempted responses.
Errors: Errors are not usually considered as independent scores in reading efficiency tests. However, for clinical purposes, it is sometimes useful to compare a child’s error rate relative to his or her age/grade norms. This allows practitioners to gauge whether a child is relatively a very slow but accurate reader, whether he or she reads quickly but inaccurately, or slowly and inaccurately.
Current English norms are available for children in Years 1 and 2.
Norms tables will be added soon.
Materials for administration
Recording device, Stopwatch, Pseudoword Reading Score Sheet, Pseudoword Reading Card, Pseudoword Reading Instructions
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