What is my child's reading level?

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Sonlight's Quick Reading Assessment can help you find your child's reading level. This free test uses a list of words which you have your student read out loud. Based on how well your student reads the list, you move to another list until you've found the reading level that is just right for your student to study.

The Quick Reading Assessment is based on the San Diego State Quick Reading Assessment which uses dots and dashes to obscure the reading grade level. This made the test results confusing and cumbersome, more like Morse Code than a quick test.

The Old Test's Morse Code

All your information is now just a click away. You can quickly and easily find your child's reading grade level.

Find your child's reading level now.

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Empty Nester

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  1. Jenny

    Fantastic! What an incredible resource! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Rikki Dalenberg

    I just had my DS-age 6 do this assessment. We will be staring core B with grade 2 readers/LA next week. He quit before he missed more than one on any list. The assessment said core G readers. I know that he is reading at a high level, but I doubt that he could do core G. And somehow I think that skipping 4 levels of readers and especially the language arts program would really give him the best education. The assessment is a good idea, but having a child read a list of 10 words might not be the best way to place them.

    On a wholly unrelated side note, my children love the Mathtacular and Discover and Do DVDs. My DD- age almost 4 has asked for a "math monkey like Justin's, but purple like the one at Target" for her upcoming birthday.

  3. You're welcome, Jenny!

    Rikki, we do have an article that is linked at the bottom of the Quick Reading Assessment page which addresses this point. That's also why we have the reading samples, to further verify that the level you are on is what is best for your student. So, yes: You are absolutely correct <smile>. And I'm so glad to hear that your children love the DVDs! Thanks for sharing <smile>.


  4. Gale

    Should the child read all of the passages before answering the questions? Or, read one passage then answer the corresponding question?

    Thank you!

    • Gale, I wrote this post when we had the prior edition of our reading assessment (the new one we have should be much more useful). The goal of the assessment is to ensure that your student can do more than simply "sound out" words, but actually understands what he/she is reading. So it's probably best to ask questions at the end. (Remember, if you want them to remember what they read for school, they'll have to remember it far longer than three sentences after they first read the words. [smile]) However, if this causes undue stress or frustration, do them one at a time. The question you're trying to answer for your student is: Do they understand what they are reading?

      Hope that helps!