The Foundations of Reading test for Arkansas assesses proficiency in and depth of understanding of the subject of reading and writing development. The test reflects scientifically based reading research.

Who Needs to Take the Test?

In accordance with Act 416 of 2017, a person who applies for an Elementary Education K–6 or a Special Education K–12 license is required to successfully pass a stand-alone teaching reading test—the Foundations of Reading. This requirement is effective starting September 1, 2017.

The stand-alone reading assessment requirements apply to the following:

  • Teachers placed on an Additional Licensure Plan (ALP) for Special Education K–12 or Elementary Education K–6 beginning in the fall of the 2017–2018 school year will be required to meet the changes to licensure assessments;
  • Teachers applying for reciprocity after September 1, 2017, for Elementary Education K–6 and Special Education K–12 are required to meet these requirements if the teacher has less than three (3) years documented teaching experience. A provisional license will be available for reciprocity candidates, if needed;
  • Teachers who enroll in a Special Education K–12 or Elementary Education K–6 program that begins in the fall of 2017, and thereafter. (Candidates who enrolled in a Special Education K–12 or Elementary Education K–6 program and started their coursework prior to the fall of 2017 do not have to take the stand-alone reading test.);
  • The requirements of Act 416 also apply to currently licensed teachers testing out of the K–6 endorsement after September 1, 2017. These teachers must also meet all other licensure requirements in place at the time of licensure application.

Test Information

The Foundations of Reading Test has been updated.

  • The new test (test code 190) is now open for registration for test dates beginning August 23, 2021.
  • The previous version of the test (test code 090) will be discontinued. The final administration of this version of the test is August 22, 2021
Computer-based test (CBT); 100 multiple-choice questions, 2 written assignments
4 hours and 15 minutes total appointment time
  • 15 minutes for CBT tutorial and nondisclosure agreement
  • 4 hours testing time
By appointment, year round. Test appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Check seat availability Link opens in a new window..
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Passing Score
Test code 090: 229
Test code 190: 233
Test Fees
Score Reporting
This test includes written assignments that may require use of an on-screen character selector for inserting special characters into written responses.
Testing Policies
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Tests may include test questions that are being evaluated for future administrations and that do not affect a candidate's score.