One Minute Word Reading
This test assesses word reading efficiency in a 1-minute reading-aloud format. The words are deliberately selected to be relatively familiar (at least as spoken words), and they are organised in terms of reading difficulty from simple one- and two-letter words up to three syllable words. Children as young as Reception Year should be able to read a few of the words, and overall accuracy rates are typically very high from Year 1 onward. This test is designed to estimate children’s decoding fluency rather than decoding accuracy.
This test is suitable for children in Reception Year to Year 6.
Scoring reading efficiency
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. This test generates very high accuracy; errors are therefore not usually tallied separately.
Current English norms are available for children in Reception Year, Years 1 and 2.
Norms tables will be added soon.
Materials for administration
Recording device, Stopwatch, One Minute Word Reading Score Sheet, One Minute Word Reading Instructions, One Minute Word Reading Card
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