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Feifer Assessment of Reading (FAR)

Authors: Steven G. Feifer, DEd / Rebecca Gerhardstein Nader, PhD

  • Early Reading Skills
  • Individual Administration
  • Ages 4 through 21
  • Norm-Referenced
  • Qualification Level B

The Feifer Assessment of Reading is a comprehensive assessment of the multiple processes involved in reading and is aimed at identifying an examinee's specific subtype of reading impairment. It can also be used to screen for dyslexia, to monitor progress in developing discrete skills such as might be part of an RTI program, and to design skill-specific interventions.

The FAR is grounded in a neurodevelopmental approach that suggests that multiple neural pathways are involved in such reading skills as phonemic awareness, fluency, decoding, and comprehension. The test is designed to evaluate the underlying cognitive and linguistic processes that support proficient reading, and it is based on the premise that treatments for reading disorders should be geared to dyslexic subtype. Four specific subtypes can be identified through use of the various indexes calculated from subtest scores:

  • Dysphonetic dyslexia
  • Surface dyslexia
  • Mixed dyslexia
  • Reading comprehension deficits

    There are 15 subtests, although not all are administered to all students. Eight subtests are administered to prekindergarten students; 11 subtests to examinees in kindergarten and first grade; and 14 subtests to students in grade 2 and up. Individual subtests take just a few minutes to administer; the longest test times are 8 to 10 minutes.

    Examiners may administer the full grade-appropriate battery, just individual subtests, or only the subtests for a particular index. A separate Screening Form permits general screening for dyslexia.

    Subtest results are grouped to calculate the various indexes, as follows:

    Phonological Index (corresponding to the dysphonetic dyslexia type):
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Nonsense Word Decoding
  • Isolated Word Reading Fluency
  • Oral Reading Fluency
  • Positioning Sounds

    Fluency Index (corresponding to the surface dyslexia subtype):
  • Rapid Automatic Naming
  • Verbal Fluency
  • Visual Perception
  • Irregular Word Reading Fluency
  • Orthographical Processing

    Comprehension Index (corresponding to the reading comprehension deficit subtype):
  • Semantic Concepts
  • Word Recall
  • Print Knowledge
  • Morphological Processing
  • Silent Reading Fluency

    Mixed Index (corresponding to the mixed dyslexia subtype):
    This is a composite of Phonological Index and Fluency Index scores

    FAR Screening Index: This is compiled from the Phonemic Awareness, Rapid Automatic Naming, and Semantic Concepts subtests.

    The FAR was standardized on a nationally representative sample of 1,074 examinees in prekindergarten to college, drawn from more than 30 states.

    Administration and Scoring
    Test administration takes about 35 minutes for prekindergarten; 60 minutes for kindergarten and first grade; 75 minutes for Grade 2 and above; and 15-20 minutes for the Screening Form. In addition to the index scores noted above, a FAR Total Index is calculated as a composite of all subtest scores. Subtest and index scores are expressed as standard scores; percentile ranks, age and grade equivalents, z-scores and normal curve equivalents (NCEs) are also available, along with reliable change and discrepancy scores. In addition, it is possible to conduct an item-level skills-and-error analysis of the examinee's scores on specific subtests in order to take a more in-depth look at reading-related behaviors.



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    Test Kit: Manual; Fast Guide; 10 Examiner Record Forms, 10 Examinee Response Forms, Stimulus Books 1, 2, and 3, Scoring Templates (3), and Storybook


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    10 Examiner Record Forms



    10 Examinee Response Forms


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