The standardized adult reading assessment test includes 50 words with irregular spelling presented on a word card. The person being examined is instructed to pronounce each word out loud.
The Wechsler Test of Adult Reading, or WTAR, is widely used to measure adult reading functionality. It measures reading skills for adults between the ages of 16 and 89. The test requires between 5 and 10 minutes to administer. The score is based on the number of words correctly pronounced. The score is compared to sample scores and assessed based on demographic information obtained from other reading test scores.
The test requires each word to be pronounced correctly. If 12 words are mispronounced consecutively, then the test will be discontinued. Recordings of correct pronunciations are provided to compare for multiple pronunciations of words. Scores of 1 are given for each correct word.
In conjunction with the WTAR for adult reading assessments, the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, or WAIS, and the Wechsler Memory Scale, WMS, are applied to the testing program to get a better gauge of the intellectual function for reading ability.
By administering the WAIS and WMS, the results can be compared to other standardized reading tests such as the National Adult Reading Test, or NART. The NART measures possible impact of brain damage using reading skills as the measure.