If you are considering a career as a teacher for grades K-6 or a special education teacher for grades K-12 in the state of Arkansas, the Arkansas Foundations of Reading exam is in your future!
On this page, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about the exam, including who it is intended for, the typical questions found on the test, how to register, and the scoring considerations, among other things.
Arkansas Foundations of Reading Exam Outline
The Arkansas Foundations of Reading (190) exam is made up of 100 multiple-choice questions and two open-response questions.
The questions are spread out among four sections.
Section 1: Foundations of Reading Development (35%)
This section contains between 43 and 45 multiple-choice questions and accounts for 35% of the exam.
You will be tested on four objectives throughout this section:
- Objective 1: Language development and literacy skills, including the alphabetic principle, phonemic and phonological awareness, and print concepts
- Objective 2: Development of reading skills in beginners, including phonics, spelling, and high-frequency vocabulary
- Objective 3: Word analysis skill-development and strategies, including orthographic skills, syllabication, structural analysis, and morphemic analysis
- Objective 4: Development of reading fluency at every stage of reading development
Section 2: Development of Reading Comprehension (27%)
This section contains between 33 and 35 multiple-choice questions and accounts for 27% of the exam.
You will be tested on three objectives throughout this section:
- Objective 1: Promoting the development of academic language, including the development of academic vocabulary
- Objective 2: Promoting the analysis and comprehension of literary texts
- Objective 3: Promoting the analysis and comprehension of informational texts
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Section 3: Reading Assessment and Instruction (18%)
This section contains between 21 and 23 multiple-choice questions and accounts for 18% of the exam.
You will be tested on two main objectives throughout this section.
- Objective 1: Best practices for assessing the development of reading
- Objective 2: Best practices of general reading instruction
Section 4: Integration of Knowledge and Understanding (20%)
This section contains open-response questions and accounts for 20% of the exam (each question accounts for 10%).
For this question, you will be asked to prepare a developed and organized analysis on a topic that relates to the development of foundational reading skills.
Here are some further details on what you may be asked to do:
- Review an assessment of foundational reading skills for a student. You will need to analyze the information, interpret the meaning of the assessment, and be able to discuss the results in an organized and developed manner.
- Use your knowledge and skills to choose examples provided in a reading performance to identify the strengths the student has and what foundational reading skills they need to have more instruction in. These skills may include phonics, phonemic awareness, reading fluency, morphemic analysis, and more.
- Select and describe what instructional strategy would be most beneficial to a student based on their strengths and identified need for additional foundational reading skills instruction. You will need to apply sound reasoning and knowledge of the foundational reading skills to create an instructional strategy with activities, interventions, and more.
For this question, you will be asked to prepare a developed and organized analysis on a topic that relates to the development of reading comprehension.
Here are some further details on what you may be asked to do:
- Select appropriate examples from the reading performance of a student that demonstrate their strengths in comprehension. The comprehension strengths may lie in vocabulary, the ability to determine key ideas or details, their application of English grammar, their knowledge of academic language structures, and more.
- You may have to review an evaluation of reading comprehension for a student and use your knowledge and skills to analyze and interpret the assessment so you can discuss it in an accurate and organized manner.
- Select and describe what instructional strategy would be most beneficial to a student based on their strengths and identified need for additional foundational reading skills instruction. You will need to apply sound reasoning and knowledge of the comprehension reading skills to create an instructional strategy with activities, interventions, or more.
Registering for the Exam
Registration for the test is done on the Arkansas Foundations of Reading website.
The fee for the assessment test is $139.00.
This payment can be made using a Visa or Mastercard credit card, a debit card, or a check card with the Visa or Mastercard logo. Paper checks are accepted but, you will need to contact Evaluation Systems to get details on how to submit a paper check to cover your examination fees.
Once you have registered and paid for your test, you will have one year to take your test or withdraw your registration. You will need to wait at least 30 days before you can retake the test, at which point you will need to repeat the registration process.
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What to Bring
- A valid government-issued photo ID
What NOT to Bring
- Mobile phone
- Removable jewelry larger than 1/4 inch wide
- Barrettes/hair clips larger than 1/4 inch wide
- Headbands larger than 1/2 inch wide
- Hats or other non-religious head coverings
- Wallet, purse, bag, backpack, coat, books, notes, pens, or pencils
- Firearms or other weapons
- Food or drink (including chewing gum)
How the Exam is Scored
Once the multiple-choice responses have been scored, the score is double-checked and verified before being reported. You cannot contest the score or get a rescore.
The open-response questions are scored by multiple scorers. Each of the scorers has a relevant professional background, and they are carefully monitored while they are scoring tests. Therefore, rescoring is not possible on these questions either.
A score of 233 is required to pass the Arkansas Foundations of Reading (190) exam.
Delivery of Test Results
It normally takes two weeks for you to receive your score for the test.
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How many questions are on the Arkansas Foundations of Reading exam?
There are 102 questions on the Arkansas Foundations of Reading exam.
What types of questions are on the exam?
There are two types of questions on the Arkansas Foundations of Reading exam: multiple-choice and open-response. One hundred of the questions are multiple-choice, and two of the questions are open-response.
What is the time limit for the exam?
The time limit for the exam is 4 hours and 15 minutes for the computer-based test. If you take the exam via online proctoring, you are allotted 4.5 hours.
What score do I need to pass the exam?
A passing score on the Arkansas Foundations of Reading Exam is 233.
When will I get my score results?
Generally, you will receive your score report within two weeks after your test date.