As a homeschooling parent, it can be helpful to find out how your child is progressing with reading skills. On this post you will find links to free assessments to give you more information on your child’s skills.
San Diego Quick Reading Test
This first test is a basic test of the child’s ability to read words. It separates them into levels. You have your child read words from each level, starting where you think your child will get them all correct. Your child’s independent reading level is where they make one mistake. The instructional reading level is where they make two mistakes and the frustration reading level is where they make three mistakes. I find this one helpful to give you a general idea about your child’s reading level. You can download and print a copy of the test here.
Basic Phonics Skills Test – BPST
This test is great to use for beginning readers and children who are struggling with reading. This one won’t let you know the child’s reading level, but it will help you see what areas of phonics the child has mastered. It starts with letter sounds and covers diagraphs, short vowels, long vowels, and more phonics patterns. If your child misses more than 20% of the items at each stage, then that is a concept that you should keep teaching. You can download and print a copy of the test here.
Did you find these tests to accurately reflect your child’s everyday reading abilities? Please share in the comment section.