Students wishing to gain licensure in the following areas are required to take this test:
Test fee – $139
80% of the test is made up of 100 multiple choice questions broken apart into sub-areas. There are two open response (essay) questions that are worth 20% of the total score.
In the summer of 2020, the Wisconsin State Legislature and Governor approved students seeking licensure in special education to either take and pass the Foundations of Reading Test (FoRT) or to successfully complete an alternative to the FoRT. The following information describes the two options; please take the time to read through it fully. These two options apply for students solely seeking special education licensure, those seeking a double major in elementary education with special education and will be license first in special education and then in elementary education or are in the accelerated (CWIC) program.
Option 1 – FoRT – The candidate demonstrates proficiency to teach reading by taking and passing the Foundation of Reading Test. Take and pass the Foundations of Reading Test #090 (no longer offered- score still acceptable) with a score of 240 or higher or Test #190 with a score of 233 or higher. Information about the FoRT, including resources for how to prepare, can be found here.
1. Complete one of the following “course of study” with a grade of C- or better in each class
2. Participate in coaching sessions with a reading specialist or another person that meets the DPI definition of “expert in teaching reading.” If you currently work for a school district, we suggest you collaborate with a reading specialist (license #17/5017) employed by your school district. If you do not not have access to a reading specialist, you may work with a UWSP faculty member. You may contact Prof. Jacquelyn Sernau to schedule coaching sessions.*
There is a very similar structure in that 80% of the test is made up of 100 multiple choice questions broken apart into subareas. Then there are 2 open response (essays) questions that are worth 20% of the score.
There is a significant shift in the focus of instructional strategies on the FoRT 190. Knowing Foundational Reading Knowledge is essential. An in-depth study into phonics is highly suggested. There are several books that your instructors can recommend. The content that is covered in EDUC 302 and EDUC 309 is also extremely important. These courses will set you up with the foundational knowledge you need, but they cannot teach you everything! Studying material outside of class is critical for passing this test.
We are currently recruiting participants for our “Professional FoRT Tutoring.” Students will meet with a licensed teacher/Reading Specialist who will guide small groups through questions from the FoRT practice tests. The content of the tutoring sessions will focus on the ability to determine correct and incorrect answers on sample test questions. The goal of the sessions is to support participants in being able to provide rationale for why a particular answer is correct, while the others are incorrect. Each group will meet for 10, 1-hour sessions.
FoRT tutoring will be offered again this fall. No matter what stage you are in, now is a great time to study for the FoRT.
The tutoring is seven weeks, for a total of 14 sessions:
All sessions will be held virtually via Zoom. Participants will receive the Zoom link 1-3 days prior to the first tutoring session.
Sign up for fall tutoring