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Child Cognition, Language and Neuropsychology -

Test of Word Reading Efficiency (TOWRE)
Joseph K Torgesen, Richard Wagner and Carl Rashotte, 1999

Measure word reading rate and accuracy

Age Range:
6 to 24 years 11 months

Individual - 5 to 10 minutes

Provides reading speed for Special Examination Arrangements

The Test of Word Reading Efficiency (TOWRE) is a reliable measure of word reading accuracy and fluency. Because it can be administered very quickly, the test provides an efficient means of monitoring the growth of two kinds of word reading skills that are critical in the development of overall reading ability: the ability to accurately recognise familiar words as whole units or “sight words” and the ability to “sound out” words quickly. 

The Test of Word Reading Efficiency contains two subtests:

Each subtest has two forms (Forms A and B) that are of equivalent difficulty, and either one or both forms of each subtest may be given depending upon the purposes of the assessment. Percentiles, standard scores, and age and grade equivalents are provided. Subtest standard scores have a mean of 100 and a standard deviation of 15. Age and grade equivalents show the relative standing of individuals’ scores.

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Complete kit: Includes manual, 25 form A record forms, 25 form B record forms, form A and form B word cards in a storage box
Additional copies of materials:
Form A record forms, pack of 25
Form B record forms, pack of 25