What is the year one phonics screening test?

Posted on March 5, 2018 at 11:33 am

Despite many schools and parents being against them, in year one your child will have to undergo a phonics screen test. The test is not done in exam conditions but is still marked and the results sent off to the department of education.

The test will usually take about four to nine minutes per child and is usually done in June. Currently the test consists of 40 words which will be displayed on a sheet for the child to red. Some of these words are real words and others are made up. The idea is to check that the child can read and pronounce the words correctly, even the words that are made up. The made up words are usually denoted by a picture of an alien next to them.

Many parents and teachers say that it can actually mean that children that are very good at phonics may end up scoring low as they will often try and turn the made up words in to words they know and finding it hard to pronounce words that they know are not real.

The pass mark is usually about 80% which equates to 32 marks out of 40. If the child fails the test they will usually be tested again the following year.

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