The LaRue Reading Skills Assessment
for Pre-literate Students
Reading Skills Assessment for Preliterate Students was developed
by Charles LaRue to meet a need for testing students who have
very limited English literacy skills, and cannot read and write
in their own language. It was created to show which literacy
skills and knowledge pre-literate ESL students have. This test
is not appropriate for students who have attended school and
learned to read and write in any language.
However, some students have no educational background, and have
never learned to write in their native language. They often
have great difficulty taking written tests of any kind. This
test is designed specifically for these students. It provides
the instructor with a starting point for their instruction in
learning to read and write English. The skills and knowledge
that are needed to begin to learn to read are included in this
This test combines an oral interview by the instructor, along
with reading and writing by the student. It allows us to test
the student's knowledge of sounds and phonics, as well as
other literacy skills. It reveals what skills a student does
and doesn't have. The Reading Skills Test for Pre-literate
Students can help determine which skills need to be taught next,
and whether a pre-literate student has all of the literacy skills
needed to join a mainstream ESL class.
If a student can score a total of 90 points or more on The Reading
Skills Test for Preliterate Students, that is strong evidence
that they have acquired some basic literacy skills and will
be able to function in a regular Level 1 ESL class. The test
is available in 3 versions for pre-testing and post-testing.
There are instructions and scoring sheets for each version of
the test. All the materials are available in pdf for download.