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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

 FORT dates

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?





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FORT Test Objectives 

Foundations of Reading Development 
  • 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.
Development of Reading Comprehension
  • 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. 
Reading Assessment and Instruction 
  • Understand multiple approaches to reading instruction 
Integration of Knowledge and Understanding
  • 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. 
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