If your pupil is in school and is reading badly, you can probably get a reading level from the school. If he is an adult and reading badly enough to want to go through tutoring, you probably don't have to do a reading test, unless you want a nice before-and-after showing for your efforts. In that case, consult your nearest Adult Education Center and ask what test they recommend.

For an IQ test, I like to use the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT) for several reasons. It can be given by anybody - no training needed - it is quick, and it gives you a rough assessment of a person's vocabulary, which is rather well correlated with general IQ. You are not looking for something with an "exact" score. You only want to make sure your pupil is in the average to above average range. There are neurological reasons for this, which I won't go into. But if your pupil does not score at least 100 on the PPVT, use the RfS material on him without the I-Card and music CD's described below.


Tell your pupil that some of the "words" he sees in the following bunch actually sound like real words, although they would be spelled differently. Have him look down a column - without reading them aloud - and have him point to any he thinks would sound like real words if he pronounced them. When he points to one, then have him pronounce what he thinks it would be. You do this because otherwise you may miss some of his mistakes.  For instance, if he looks at "sed" and says that would be a real word, you will think he has it right. But if he tells you that it would say "seed" you know it is a mistake. Then go on to the next column until he has done them all.  He should be able to do this without more than one mistake.

zam lep crope bete mord
sed rool peze taer blone
baik calp hib masp croe
vust praid blut mern crasp

He should identify sed and baik  (said and bake) in the first column, rool and praid (rule and prayed) in the second, peze (peas) in the third, bete and taer (beat and tear) in the fourth, and blone and croe (blown and crow) in the last column. This is a killer test for dyslectics.


After trying out these misspelled homophones, you should then do the test for Tactile Localization. 







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