PRIDE Level Assessment

The first step to using the PRIDE Reading Program begins with your student being placed in the proper PRIDE level.  We always recommend placing your student in levels 1-3 no matter what age they are.  The PRIDE Reading Program is cumulative and each level builds upon the previous one. It is crucial that the students have no gaps in their reading or spelling. Therefore, if your students has never had any PRIDE or Orton-Gillingham training before, take the Level 1-3 placement test below.

If your student has already had PRIDE or Orton-Gillingham tutoring and you believe they might be able to start in Levels 4-6, please look at our Scope and Sequence to determine where you believe your student is best placed.

The assessment below is designed to help place your student at the appropriate level of the PRIDE Reading Program.    If you know your student’s reading and spelling abilities,  use this test as a guide to help you place your student.  If you are not sure of their reading and spelling abilities, use this test to check.  We recommend you stop the test when three letters or words are misread or misspelled in any one question.  You can say the sound or word twice, but we recommend you do not help your student by breaking down the phonemes or sounds of the words.  This assessment will help you place your student in the PRIDE Reading Program by assessing your student’s phonemic awareness and knowledge of spelling rules.  As state above, “It is crucial that your student have no gaps in their reading or spelling.”  For this reason, we do not recommend placing your student in levels above their assessed level.

 

Level 1 Questions

Does your student recognize the consonants in the alphabet?  

To test, have your child tell you these letter names and the sounds they make.

  b   c   d   f   g   h   j   k   l   m   n   p   r   s   t   v   w   x  y   z

 

Is your student able to spell words with short vowels?  

To test, have your student spell each of the following words and then read them back to you.

lag     jig     dot     hum     yet    fad    rid    cod    bun    men

 

 

Is your student able to spell words with digraphs (sh, th, ch, wh)?  

To test, have your student spell each of the following words and then read them back to you.

froth    shrill    whisk    thrush   chomp    hunch    whet

 

 

Is your student able to apply the FLOSS Rule to words (ff, ll, ss, zz)?  

To test, have your student spell each of the following words and then read them back to you.

gill    jazz    chill    buzz    pill    toss    cuff

 

 

Is your student able to spell words with beginning and ending blends?  

To test, have your student spell each of the following words and then read them back to you.

blend    splint    grump    draft    scant    crest    tract    stunt    gland

 

 

Is your student able to read and spell the following Sight Words?  

To test, have your student spell each of the following words and then read them back to you.

the    said    what    live    have    why    one    been    does    from

 

How did your student do on the Level 1 questions?   If you believe they are ready for Level 2,  continue to the Level 2 questions. If your student misread or misspelled three or more letters or words in any Level 1 question, then we recommend starting in PRIDE Reading Program Yellow Book 1.

 

 

Level 2 Questions

Is your student able to spell words with long vowels (a-e, i-e, o-e, u-e, e-e)?  

To test, have your student spell each of the following words and then read them back to you.

daze    pile    grove    fluke    theme    swine    poke    rule    haste

 

 

Does your student understand syllable division rules for spelling multisyllable words  (sudden, mammal, napkin, admit)?  

To test, have your student spell each of the following words and then read them back to you.

blossom    hiccup    entire    common    concrete    dictate

 

 

Is your student able to spell the welded sounds in words? (ang, ing, ong ung, ank, ink, onk, unk)?  

To test, have your student spell each of the following words and then read them back to you.

sprang    cling    swung    prong    crank    bunk    yonk    rink  

 

 

Is your student able to read and spell the following Sight Words?

To test, have your student spell each of the following words and then read them back to you.

some    again    very    could    because    they    please    about

 

How did your student do on the Level 2 questions?   If you believe they are ready for Level 3,  continue to Level 3 questions. If your student misread or misspelled three or more words in any Level 2 question, then we recommend starting in PRIDE Reading Program Orange Book 2.

 

Level 3 Questions

Is your student able to apply the spelling rules of the consonant and vowel teams of: y long i, qu, ck, tch, y long e, ai, ay, ee, ea, ar, or, oa, er, ur, ir, oe, ow?  

To test, have your student spell each of the following words and then read them back to you.

sly    quest    snuck    botch    sandy    claim    pail    sway    creek    east    dart    porch    coax    loam    squirm    visitor    curl    puck    ketchup    urge    raid    steel    mail    dart    shepherd

 

 

Is your student able to read and spell the following Sight Words?

To test, have your student spell each of the following words and then read them back to you.

should    don’t    also    once    laugh    does    upon    enough    through    people    above

 

How did your student do on the Level 3 questions?   If you believe they are ready for a higher level, please look at our Scope and Sequence to determine where you believe your student is best placed.

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