The TOWRE is a nationally normed measure of word reading accuracy and fluency. The test can be administered very quickly, and efficiently monitors the development of overall reading ability. The TOWRE was designed for individuals aged 6-0 to 24-1, and measures their capacity to recognize familiar words as whole units or sight words and the ability to sound out words quickly.
How to Use the Assessment
The TOWRE is individually administered and takes approximately 5 to 10 minutes to complete.
This brief instrument contains two subtests: the Sight Word Efficiency (SWE) subtest assesses the number of real printed words that can be accurately identified within 45 seconds, and the Phonetic Decoding Efficiency PDE) subtest measures the number of pronounceable printed non-words that can be accurately decoded within 45 seconds. Each subtest has two forms (Form A and Form B) that are of equivalent difficulty, and either one or both forms of each subtest may be given depending upon the purposes of the assessment. Percentiles, standard scores, and age and grade equivalents are provided. Subtest standard scores have a mean of 100 and a standard deviation of 15. Age and grade equivalents show the relative standing of individuals’ scores. Back to the top