Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Exam

As part of the initial licensing process for teachers in the state of Wisconsin, candidates will need to complete the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test. This is true for teachers of all grade levels, whether or not they specialize in teaching reading.

How Do I Schedule My Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test?

The test is available at CBT sites located across the United States and is offered on a continuous basis year round, so you have a lot of flexibility in terms of scheduling. However, there are a limited number of seats available per appointment, and they are given on a first come, first serve basis.

If you have a specific date in mind or very limited flexibility in your schedule, you should make sure to schedule your appointment as soon as possible to make sure seats are still available. It’s also a good idea to have one or two alternative appointments ready just in case your first choice is already filled up. You should also be prepared to pay a $139 exam fee at the time of registration.

How Long Should I Plan to Spend at the Testing Center?

You will have a total of four hours to answer 100 multiple choice questions and complete two written assignments, all on a computer. In addition to the test itself, you will also need to budget some time for the check in process and for any questions or concerns you have after completing the exam. So, your test day schedule will probably look something like this:

  • Arrive 30 minutes before your actual appointment time with two forms of ID (including at least one valid government-issued ID) in order to check in and familiarize with the testing center.
  • Sit for the four-hour exam. There are no scheduled breaks so if you need to take a break, you can, but the clock will still be running. You can also skip around between sections, and it’s highly recommended that you complete the written assignments first while your mind is still fresh.
  • Take 10-15 minutes talk to the test administrator or staff at the testing center about any questions or concerns you have about the exam you just took (especially if there were any disruptions or other issues that may have affected your results).

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What Subjects Will Be on the Exam?

The multiple choice questions will cover three core content areas, each relating to a different aspect of teaching students essential reading comprehension skills. Below is a brief outline of the content areas and what you will be tested on:

    • Foundations of Reading – 43-45 Questions
      • Phonological and phonemic awareness
      • Concepts of print and the alphabetic principle
      • The role of phonics in promoting reading development
      • Word analysis skills and strategies
    • Development of Reading Comprehension – 33-35 Questions
      • Vocabulary development
      • How to apply reading comprehension skills and strategies to imaginative and literary texts
      • How to apply reading comprehension skills and strategies to informational and expository texts
    • Reading Assessment and Instruction – 21-23 Questions
      • Formal and informal methods for assessing reading development
      • Multiple approaches to reading instruction

The two writing assignments will test your ability to integrate the knowledge and understanding that you were tested on in the three multiple choice sections. To do that, you will need to write an analysis of a topic that is provided to you.

When Will I Get My Scores?

Score reports are made available on specific dates depending on when you took the exam. As a general rule, however, you can expect to receive your score report by email within about three to five weeks. You will need to get a score of at least 240 (out of a possible 300) in order to pass the exam.

Should I Study for the Wisconsin Foundation of Reading Test?

To succeed on the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test, you will need to have a solid grasp of the fundamentals of reading skills development as well as methods for teaching students how to read. So give yourself a couple of weeks before the exam to review all the concepts you will need to know on test day.

For a great review of those concepts, look no further than the Mometrix Study Guide. With clear, easy-to-follow explanations and well organized chapters, you’ll be able to move through all material efficiently and effectively. The concepts are presented in a way that’s easy to absorb and remember.

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