Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Free Assessment of Phonological Awareness and Reading


Available entirely for free online is the Assessment of Phonological Awareness and Reading or APAR. This in and of itself is a wonderful public service, but to make the test more accessible it can be downloaded in print or as a scanning program for use with a single switch. Whether presented on the computer or in person it is designed to be a non-verbal test. It is a criterion referenced test with no norming or validity data on the website, however basic knowledge of reading assessment should making the scoring relatively clear.

The test is hosted by the ELR Software site in Australia, which produces speech and language therapy materials (including the absolutely disgusting Rude Readers series - these will get any reluctant 13 year old boy to read).

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