A diagnostic reading assessment is an examination of the reading skills of students based on five important components or issues: awareness of phonemics, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and skill in reading and comprehension. These are parts of linguistics which are used to determine whether students are being able to read correctly, grasping the basic grammar and sense of the sentences and so on. It is generally conducted on school students, as that is the formative stage of reading skills.
Sample Diagnostic Reading Assessment:
Diagnostic reading assessment conducted on: Sam Richards
Age: 10 years
School: Redwood Rose High School
Date of evaluation: 23rd June 2012
Conducted by: Centre of Linguistics, Minnesota University
Tests Conducted on the examinee:
- Fluency of naming random letters: This test is designed to the test the candidate’s speed and accuracy in identifying and naming random letters thrown at him at great pace. The student has scored 12 on 20 in this round of the diagnostic reading assessment.
- Fluency in initial identification of sounds: This is a test which is designed to discover whether students are being able to connect pictures with words and letters and sounds. They were shown a set of three pictures and asked to identify pictures which began with a particular sound. This is a time-based test. The examinee scored 16 on 20 in this test.
- Reading speed: This is a test in which the pace at which students read clearly, without jumbling their sentences or losing clarity, is measured. The examinee scored 15 on 20 in this section.