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The Foundations of Reading (190) 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 test version currently accepted for licensure in Arkansas is Foundations of Reading (190).

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

Online proctoring is available for this test. You may test remotely, including from home.
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Computer-based test (CBT) and online proctored test; 100 multiple-choice questions, 2 written assignments
Computer-Based Testing
4 hours and 15 minutes total appointment time
  • 15 minutes for CBT tutorial and nondisclosure agreement
  • 4 hours testing time
Online Proctoring
4 hours and 30 minutes total appointment time
  • 15 minutes for tutorial and nondisclosure agreement
  • 2 hours 30 minutes for the multiple-choice questions
  • 15 minutes for optional break
  • 1 hour 30 minutes for the open-response assignments
Computer-Based Testing
You may take restroom breaks during testing. Time taken for breaks is considered part of the available testing time.
Computer-Based Testing
By appointment, year round. Test appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Check seat availability Link opens in a new window..
Online Proctoring
By appointment with an online proctor during one-week testing windows each month
Test Sites
Computer-Based Testing
CBT sites are located nationwide. Locate a test center link opens in a new window.
Online Proctoring
You may test remotely, including from home. Review system and testing environment requirements PDF Document.
Passing Score
Test Fees
Score Reporting
Computer-Based Testing
View score report dates.
Candidates will receive a receipt of completion at the conclusion of their test center appointment.
Online Proctoring
Review score report release dates.
Candidates taking an online-proctored test will not receive a receipt of completion when their test ends.
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.

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