Martin and Pratt

Nonword reading test

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We are looking forward to publishing Martin and Pratt Nonword Reading Test in 2024. Please register your details and we will contact you once this revised test is available.

Since its first publication in 2001, the Martin and Pratt Nonword Reading Test has established a sound reputation as a measure of phonological recoding: the ability to sound out regular words from their letter-sound correspondences.

Unfortunately, its original publisher ceased publication some time ago and the original norms are now dated.

MultiLit is delighted to announce the publication of a new, revised MultiLit edition of the test, including the results from a check norming study.

Who is it for?

  • Designed to assess the ability to sound out words (phonological recoding) by students in primary and secondary schools, ages 6-16 years
  • Suitable for use by classroom teachers, learning support teachers and other school personnel involved in literacy instruction, as well as educational psychologists and other allied health professionals.

Key benefits

  • Easy to score and analyse
  • Provides age standardised score, percentile and fluency score
  • Assesses phonological awareness and skills, identifying students who need additional assistance
  • Assesses key word reading skill of phonological recoding
  • Provides detailed diagnosis of students’ errors
  • New Australian norms for assessment purposes

How is it administered?

The Nonword Reading Test is an easy-to-use diagnostic test of phonological decoding skills, taking around 5-10 minutes per students to administer.

As the name suggests, the words in this test are not real words. This test assesses phonological recoding, which is the ability to match a sequence of letters to their corresponding sounds.

How does the Martin and Pratt Nonword Reading Test relate to Response to Intervention?

Assessment is an important part of a Response to Intervention (RtI) model, as educators need to determine when students need more intensive instruction (and also, when they no longer require intensive instruction).

The Martin and Pratt Nonword Reading test assesses phonological recoding skills.

These are used when approaching new and unfamiliar words to work out what they are.

Students having difficulty with phonological recoding may be relying on compensatory strategies when reading. When approaching a new or unfamiliar word, compensatory strategies include:

  • using visual cues, for example, looking at pictures to predict words or using a few letters in a word to predict what the word is;
  • using context, choosing a word that would make sense in a sentence and putting that word in; or
  • relying on memory, trying to remember what a word is rather than using a generative strategy of looking at the word, breaking it down into its parts, sounding it out and working out the word from there.

These compensatory strategies can be successful, particularly at a younger age where exposure to words is limited and there are a lot of pictures available.

As texts become more complex there are less pictures, too many words to guess successfully and limitations to the number of new words that can be stored in memory so generative strategies are essential to work out new and unfamiliar words.

Within an RtI model, the Martin and Pratt Nonword Reading Test can be used for screening, progress monitoring, and instructional decision-making, regarding the key literacy skill of phonological awareness.

Kit components

The Martin and Pratt Nonword Reading Test Kit consists of the following components:

  • Manual with a new supplement providing more up-to-date information on typical performance levels for primary school-aged children
  • Presentation Book
  • Assessment forms

The Martin and Pratt Nonword Reading Test Kit will be available in 2024.

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