A passing score on the Foundations of Reading Test (FORT) is required for licensure in the state of Wisconsin. That means you will not receive a teaching license unless you pass the FORT (in addition to other licensing requirements).
Foundations of Reading Test for Wisconsin (FORT)
The computer-based test assesses proficiency in and understanding of reading and writing content knowledge, literacy development and instruction.
Who Needs to take the test?
Students wishing to gain licensure in the following areas are required to take this test:
- Early Childhood-Middle Childhood Majors – Regular Education and Dual Education
- Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence Majors – Regular Education and Dual Education
- Special Education Majors
- Reading Teacher (DPI 1316, formerly 316) and Reading Specialist (DPI 5017, formerly 317) Licensures
When to take the FORT
|If you plan to student teach during a fall semester ...||If you plan to student teach during a spring semester ...|
|You need to be able to post a passing score on your student teaching application BEFORE March 1 during the spring semester before your student teaching.||You need to be able to post a passing score on your student teaching application BEFORE October 1 during the fall semester before your student teaching.|
|February 1 is probably the last chance to take your test and still get your scores back in time.||September 1 is probably the last chance to take your test and still get your scores back in time.|
|The winter break before the spring semester might be the best time to take the test.||The spring break before the fall semester might be the best time to take the test.|
Passing Score Information
Initial Passing Score: Applicants who apply for Wisconsin Licensure are required to earn a passing score of 240.
How much will it cost?
Register for the FORT - Pearson website set up for the state of Wisconsin. Register, find test-day information, how to get test results and more
FORT Test Objectives
- Understand phonological and phonemic awareness.
- Understand concepts about print and the alphabetic principle.
- Understand the role of phonics in promoting reading development.
- Understand word analysis skills and strategies.
- Understand vocabulary development.
- Understand how to apply reading comprehension skills and strategies to imaginative/literacy texts.
- Understand to apply reading comprehension skills and strategies to informational/expository text.
- Understand formal and informal methods for assessing reading development.
- Understand multiple approaches to reading instruction
- Prepare an organized, developed analysis on a topic related to one or more of the following: foundations for reading development; development of reading comprehension; reading assessment and instruction.