Reading Real Words


This is a test of ability to recognize printed words from spoken stimuli. There are 40 pairs of words: 20 with regular spelling and 20 with irregular spelling. The words were chosen to represent high, medium and low frequencies, and words within pairs were matched on frequency and general phonological form.


Individual words are printed in black bold 28 point, on 9.5cm x 6.5cm white background cards.


Present words in their pairs, with left/right location (from the examiner's perspective) as indicated on the score sheet (this should be marked on the back of each card to avoid examiner error).


Instruct the client to look at each word and then indicate the one said by the examiner. Give two practice items, with corrective feedback. Then administer the test items, without specific feedback.

Examiner "I am going to show you two words and I am going to say one of them. I want you to show me the one I say. Let's start with a couple of practice ones."

When practice items have been given, say "great, now we'll start the test. I won't tell you if you are right or wrong with these."


Repeat the practice items as many times as is needed to achieve success. Test items are repeated if the participant requests it or after a lengthy period of time has elapsed without a response. Provide no more than 2 repeats for each item.


The client's choice is circled at the time of administration. After administration, each underlined word (the correct option) that is circled is scored "1" in the appropriate blank square of the score box. The total score can be broken down into subtotals for regular and irregular words.

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