Reading Evaluation Adult Diagnosis (READ)

Reading Evaluation Adult Diagnosis (READ)

Narrative Summary: 

READ is an informal inventory for assessing the reading needs of adult students.

Intended Population: 

READ is intended for adults in literacy tutoring programs.


READ helps tutors systematically evaluate students’ oral reading, thus providing insight for instructional planning.

Skills Measured-Test Content: 
  • Sight words for fluency
  • Word analysis skills
  • Reading/listening inventory
Range of Skill Levels: 

From beginning literacy to low intermediate basic (grades 1–5)

Number of Items per Test: 

Part 1 (sight words for fluency):

  • Form A: 40 sight words
  • Form B: 40 sight words

Part 2 (word analysis skills):

  • Section A: 19 letters
  • Section B: 45 letters
  • Section C: 12 words
  • Section D: 19 words
  • Section E: 12 words
  • Section F: 19 words
  • Section G: 8 words
  • Section H: 6 words
  • Section I: 4 words
  • Section J: 12 words
  • Section K: 10 words
  • Section L: 9 words
  • Section M: 6 words

Part 3 (reading/listening inventory):

  • Twenty passages, of which five are available at each level but only one is used per level. For each passage, five questions are available to ask the student to measure reading comprehension.
Types of Items: 
  • Narrative: Students are asked to rhyme words, read letters, read passages, and respond to questions.
  • Oral response
Development of Items: 

This is an informal inventory, and items were developed based on expressed student goals.

Size of Item Bank: 
  • Part 1: 80 words
  • Part 2: 64 letters and 117 words
  • Part 3: 20 passages
  • Sight words for fluency
  • Word analysis skills
  • Reading/listening inventory
Alternate Test Forms: 

Alternate forms of some READ sections are available so that a tutor can retest with different materials:

  • Part 1 (sight words) contains two alternate forms.
  • Part 2 (word analysis skills) contains no alternate forms.
  • Part 3 (reading/listening inventory) contains 16 alternate passages (four at each level).
Required / Recommended Administrator Training: 

None. However, it is recommended that administrators read the entire test manual before giving the test.

Test Administration Procedures: 

One-on-one administration

Scoring - How: 

Scoring is done by hand scoring. Each of the three parts has its own recording sheet. Results can be summarized on the summary sheet recording pad.

Scoring - Type: 

Scores provide “instructional level” equivalents

Scoring - Who: 

Test administrator

Scoring - How Long: 

Scoring occurs while the test is being administered.

Reporting Procedures: 

The reporting form is tied to student goals. Student goals are broken down to show where instruction should begin.

Time Needed for Assessment: 

The student sets the pace of the test. Because this is an informal inventory, it is not a timed test. Parts 1 and 2 can be omitted if the student is advanced enough to start with Part 3.

Publisher / Company / Source: 

New Readers Press Publishing
Division of ProLiteracy Worldwide
P.O. Box 35888
Syracuse, NY 13210
Telephone: 1–800–448–8878
oll-free fax: 1–866–894–2100

Versions & Publication Dates: 

Fifth edition

  • READ Test: $12
  • Additional Recording Pads: $5
  • Trainer’s Audiocassette: $10
  • Trainer’s Script: $3