SWRT Quick Reference Guide

  • Age range: 6-16 Years
  • Suitable for: Teachers, Assessment Co-ordinators and SENCOs
  • Test duration: untimed
  • Test format: Paper

Single Word Reading Test (SWRT)

A word reading test for year-on-year assessment and access arrangements.

The Single Word Reading Test (SWRT) provides a measure of a child's word reading skills and will contribute to an assessment of reading achievement, as well as informing teaching and learning strategies.

Individually administered SWRT contains six graded sets of ten words of increased difficulty. Parallel forms allow repeat testing and vast amount of diagnostic information can be obtained in the form of sight vocabulary analysis and error analysis. It is ideal as a quick screening test for checking progress at regular intervals and as part of the qualifying criteria for Access Arrangements.

Why use SWRT?

  • SWRT is an ideal assessment for year-on-year monitoring of a pupil’s word reading skills
  • Fully standardised - the test provides Standard Age Scores and reading ages and is suitable for Access Arrangements
  • It will help inform teaching and learning strategies to meet the needs of individual pupil’s and their differing abilities
  • It provides diagnostic information in the form of sight vocabulary analysis and error analysis
  • The test is completely photocopiable.

Using assessment data effectively across the school: Doha College, Qatar

Doha College is one of the leading British curriculum schools in Qatar, offering an outstanding education to more than 2000 students from over 70 different nationalities, aged 3 to 18. The school was the first in the world to gain a High Performance Learning accreditation in June 2018.  This approach puts mastery at the heart of the curriculum, instilling thinking skills and a growth mindset in students, in an enquiry-based learning environment.

Using NGRT to support literacy interventions: The Edron Academy, Mexico City

The Edron Academy is one of the leading British bi-cultural schools in Mexico City, known for its high academic standards, broad curriculum and unique core values. With over 1,000 students, aged 2-18 years, the school follows the English National Curriculum alongside key parts of the Mexican National Curriculum, offering iGCSE courses and the IB Diploma.

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