Foundations of Reading Test for Wisconsin

Who needs to take the test?  
Students wishing to gain licensure in the following areas are required to take this test:
  • Early childhood majors and add-ons: Early Childhood, Early Childhood-Middle Childhood and Early Childhood Summer Program
  • Elementary education majors and add-ons, including those licensed in elementary adding middle school
  • Special education majors, minors and add-ons: CD, ECSE, EBD, LD and Cross Categorical Special Education
  • Reading Teacher (316) and Reading Specialist (17) Licensures

This rule first applies to an application for a teaching license received by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) before Jan. 31, 2014

Passing Score Information

  • Benchmark Passing Score: Applicants who apply for Wisconsin Licensure on or after Sept. 1, 2014, are required to earn a passing score of 240.


How much will it cost?

Test fee $125
Registration fee $30
Total $155

We recommend registering 6-8 weeks prior to taking the test as there are a very limited number of approved sites in Wisconsin.
Why will I be required to take another test?

According to the newly enacted Wisconsin State Statute ACT 166:
Section 21.118.19(14)(a) any person applying for a teacher license " teach in grades kindergarten to 5 or in special education, an initial license as a reading teacher, or an initial license as a reading specialist..." are required to take and pass a Foundations of Reading Test.
When do I have to have passing scores on this test?

The School of Education has recently approved a new policy requiring a passing score in order to apply to student teach. This rule will take effect for anyone student teaching Spring 2016 or later. Prior to that, you will be required to have passing scores on file in order to receive approval for your teaching license.
  1. If you will student teach in a fall semester, you must have the test passed and scores to our office no later than March 1 the semester prior to student teaching.
  2. If you will student teach in a spring semester, you must have the test passed and scores to our office no later than Oct. 15 the semester prior to student teaching.
  3. You should take Education 302, if it is required for your program, at least 3 semesters prior to student teaching. You will need plenty of time to study, take the test and leave room for a possible repeat.
​Semester I will student teach? ​What is the latest semester I should take Education 302?
Spring 2016​ ​Fall 2014 (this coming fall)
​Fall 2016 ​Spring 2015
​Spring 2017 ​Fall 2015
​Fall 2017 ​Spring 2016
​Spring 2018 ​Fall 2016​
​Fall 2018 ​Spring 2017
​Spring 2019 ​Fall 2017
​Fall 2019 ​Spring 2018
​Spring 2020 ​Fall 2018

About the Test

  • Testing by appointment, Monday through Saturday (excluding holidays) at testing centers; Pearson will determine what additional testing center sites will be needed in the state...please note that not all sites offer tests on Saturday
  • Test results have a four-week turn-around time
  • Find out more about the Foundations of Reading Test
When am I ready to take the test?


Workshop: "Foundations of Reading Test Wisconsin"

Who Should attend this workshop?

  • ECE, elementary, special ed majors and minors who have completed Education 302 or are taking it right now
  • Teachers adding-on any Early Childhood, Early Childhood-Middle Childhood, Special Education, Reading Teacher or Reading Specialist License
  • Complete the workshop practice/training session:

Date: Sunday, May 1, 2016

Time: 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Where: Room 116, College of Professional Studies

How to Register for Workshop: Register using this survey no later than noon, Friday, April 22.

When will this workshop be offered again? Fall 2016

How to Prepare for the Workshop: Review the "Wisconsin Foundation of Reading - Study Guide" prior to the workshop. For those students who took Education 302 fall 2013 or later, this is a required text. If you do not have this study guide, we recommend purchasing it at the University Store and Text Rental. If you cannot find it, please speak with a Bookstore employee for assistance. This study guide is required on the day of the workshop.


Test Prep Study Materials