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Why Aren’t Tests Timed?

The reading tests that are timed (1 minute), such as Phoneme Segmenting, Letter Names, Letter Sounds, Word Reading Fluency, and Passage Reading Fluency are meant to glean a quick look at what a student knows. In those reading tests where time is a factor, the goal is to get a snapshot sample of what a student knows such as phonics, letter/word recognition and fluency (can a student fluently read a word or a passage or not).

The multiple-choice reading comprehension and math tests, which can be taken online, are not timed. Because multiple-choice reading comprehension targets the literal, inferential, and evaluative nature of a reading passage, they represent the most challenging aspects of reading because they require some very nuanced reading of the stories. For this reason there is no set time a student is required to complete a test though generally students finish in about 25-30 minutes.

Last Updated: January 26th, 2018
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