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Word Attack Skills Test
Beginning and Immediate Levels Rationale
The Word Attack Skills test is an assessment of a student’s ability to correctly sound out letters and/or words to determine specific phonics elements the student may be struggling with. Once the initial assessment is conducted, the student is retested on both words he/she missed and additional words that have similar skill components (CCVC, th, -er, ea, oo, etc.). This follow-up assessment allows one to confirm whether a student has difficulty decoding words that contain a particular phonics element. Increased instruction in specific areas of difficulty can then be designed and implemented.

Materials
• • Word Attack Skills Test: Beginning (K-1 or 2) or Intermediate Levels (2+) Word lists (for the re-testing)

Steps
1. Conduct the appropriate Word Attack Skills Test (Beginning or Immediate). 2. If the student correctly identifies a letter sound or word, mark a plus sign (+) in the blank. If the student gets an item incorrect, write exactly what the student said. 3. Continue testing until the student misses 4 consecutive items (although professional judgment may be used as to when it is appropriate to discontinue the test). 4. Develop Retest pages (both student and examiner copies) by writing down the letters or words that the student got wrong. For incorrect letter sounds, retest by writing both target letters and review letters (sounds said accurately on a consistent basis) on the Letter Sounds Retest sheets. Please provide multiple examples (e.g., 4) of the target letters. For incorrect words, retest by writing the target word, and at least three more examples of words that contain the same phonics element (e.g., ship, shop, shut, shed), on the Regular Words Retest sheets (examiner and student copies). Two copies are necessary because you need one to show the student and one to record the student’s responses. 5. Retest and then use the results to design an intervention plan related to the phonics elements that were particularly challenging for the student.

Reference Word Attack Skills Test – Beginning Level

Carnine, D. W., Silbert, J., & Kameenui, E. J. (1997). Direct Instruction Reading, 3rd Ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

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Examiner Record Form Name:_________________________ Date:___________ # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Item a m t s i f d r o g l h u c b n k e v p y j x w q z Response # 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 Item D A R H G B E Q
Regular Words (Say: What word?)

Response

Small Letter Sounds (Say: What sound?)

Capital Letter Sounds (Say: What sound?)

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it am if sam mad cat him hot tag must hand flag drop strap skunk

Note: Record + if the item is correct; record what the student says if the item is incorrect. If a letter name is stated say, Yes that is the letter name…but what sound does it make.

3 Word Attack Skills Test – Beginning Level Student Copy Small Letter Sounds a f l n y z m d h k j t r u e x s o c v w i g b p q .

4 Capital Letter Sounds D G A B R E H Q Regular Words it mad tag drop am cat must strap if him hand skunk sam hot flag .

write exactly what the students says if the response is incorrect. and. .5 Word Attack Skills Test – Beginning Level Examiner Record Form – Letter Sounds Retest Name:_________________________ Date:___________ # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Item Response # 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 Notes: Item Response Letter Sounds (Say: What sound?) Letter Sounds (Say: What sound?) Note: Write the target sounds (at least 4 examples of each one) and the review sounds in the “item” columns. Score a + for a correct response.

6 Word Attack Skills Test – Beginning Level Student Copy – Letter Sounds Retest .

Score a + for a correct response. Score each response in the cell directly under the targeted word. write exactly what the students says if the response is incorrect. and. .7 Word Attack Skills Test – Beginning Level Examiner Record Form – Regular Words Retest # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Target Word Response it am if sam mad cat him hot tag must hand flag drop strap skunk Item 1 Response Item 2 Response Item 3 Response Note: Write additional words in the “item” columns.

8 Word Attack Skills Test – Beginning Level Student Copy – Regular Words Retest Target it am if sam mad cat him hot tag must hand Item 1 Item 2 Item 3 .

9 Target flag drop strap skunk Item 1 Item 2 Item 3 .

10 Word Attack Skills Test – Intermediate Level Examiner Record Form Name:_________________________ # Item Response # Section I (Say: What word?) 1 2 3 4 5a 5b 5c 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 bath (th) matter (er) handing (ing) shop (sh) handed (ed) licked (ed) hopped (ed) when (wh) quiz (qu) fold (ol) sunny (y) biggest (est) loan (oa) cart (ar) Date:___________ Item Response 21b funniest (y) 21c cried (y) 22 23 24 25 pray (ay) proud (ou) thirst (ir) curb (ur) 26a taped (Vce) 26b hoping (Vce) 26c timer (Vce) 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 knock (kn) boil (oi) enjoy (oy) graph (ph) wrap (wr) haunt (au) hawk (aw) Section III confuse (con) payment (ment) 13a fine (Vce) 13b hope (Vce) 13c cane (Vce) Section II 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 neat (ea) toot (oo) candle (le) meet (ee) pain (ai) lunch (ch) port (or) sixteen (teen) handful (ful) distant (dis) enjoyable (able) useless (less) darkness (ness) invention (tion) artist (ist) sensible (ible) 21a happier (y) Note: Record + if the item is correct. record what the student says if the item is incorrect. .

record what the student says if the item is incorrect. .11 # Item Response # Item Response Section III contd. (Say: What word?) 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 package (age) mission (sion) sentence (ence) Additional Items (Say: What word?) selfish(ish) vacation (ation) preschool (pre) expect (ex) overtime (over) million (ion) friendship (ship) compare (com) adventure (ure) detective (ive) accuse (ac) joyous (ous) interfere (inter) forward (for) realize (ize) Notes: Note: Record + if the item is correct.

12 Word Attack Skills Test Intermediate Level Student Copy Section I bath handed quiz loan cane matter licked fold cart handing hopped sunny fine shop when biggest hope .

13 Section II neat pain funniest thirst timer graph toot lunch cried curb knock wrap candle port pray taped boil haunt meet happier proud hoping enjoy hawk .

14 Section III confuse distant invention mission preschool friendship accuse realize payment enjoyable artist sentence expect compare joyous sixteen useless sensible selfish overtime adventure interfere handful darkness package vacation million detective forward .

. write exactly what the students says if the response is incorrect. Score each response in the cell directly under the targeted word.15 Word Attack Skills Test – Intermediate Level Examiner Record Form – Section I Retest # 1 2 3 4 5a 5b 5c 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13a 13b 13c Target Word Response Item 1 Response Item 2 Response Item 3 Response bath matter handing shop handed licked hopped when quiz old sunny biggest loan cart fine hope cane Note: Write additional words in the “item” columns. and. Score a + for a correct response.

and. write exactly what the students says if the response is incorrect. .16 Word Attack Skills Test – Intermediate Level Examiner Record Form – Section II Retest # 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21a 21b 21c 22 23 24 25 26a 26b 26c Target Word Response Item 1 Response Item 2 Response Item 3 Response neat toot candle meet pain lunch port happier funniest cried pray proud thirst curb taped hoping timer Note: Write additional words in the “item” columns. Score each response in the cell directly under the targeted word. Score a + for a correct response.

and. Score each response in the cell directly under the targeted word.17 Section II Retest contd. write exactly what the students says if the response is incorrect. Score a + for a correct response. . # 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 Target Word Response Item 1 Response Item 2 Response Item 3 Response knock boil enjoy graph wrap haunt hawk Note: Write additional words in the “item” columns.

write exactly what the students says if the response is incorrect.18 Word Attack Skills Test – Intermediate Level Examiner Record Form – Section III Retest # 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 Target Word Response Item 1 Response Item 2 Response Item 3 Response confuse payment sixteen handful distant enjoyable useless darkness invention artist sensible package mission sentence selfish vacation preschool Note: Write additional words in the “item” columns. Score each response in the cell directly under the targeted word. . and. Score a + for a correct response.

Score a + for a correct response. Score each response in the cell directly under the targeted word. and. # 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 Target Word Response Item 1 Response Item 2 Response Item 3 Response expect overtime million friendship compare adventure detective accuse joyous interfere forward realize Note: Write additional words in the “item” columns.19 Section III Retest contd. . write exactly what the students says if the response is incorrect.

20 Word Attack Skills Test – Intermediate Level Student Copy – Section I Retest Target bath matter handing shop handed licked hopped when quiz fold sunny Item 1 Item 2 Item 3 .

21 Section I Retest contd. Target biggest loan cart fine hope cane Item 1 Item 2 Item 3 .

22 Word Attack Skills Test – Intermediate Level Student Copy – Section II Retest Target neat toot candle meet pain lunch port happier funniest cried pray Item 1 Item 2 Item 3 .

Target proud thirst curb taped hoping timer knock boil enjoy graph wrap Item 1 Item 2 Item 3 .23 Section II Retest contd.

24 Section II Retest contd. Target haunt hawk Item 1 Item 2 Item 3 .

25 Word Attack Skills Test – Intermediate Level Student Copy – Section III Retest Target confuse payment sixteen handful distant enjoyable useless darkness invention artist sensible Item 1 Item 2 Item 3 .

26 Section III Retest contd. Target package mission sentence selfish vacation preschool expect overtime million friendship compare Item 1 Item 2 Item 3 .

27 Section III Retest contd. Target adventure detective accuse joyous interfere forward realize Item 1 Item 2 Item 3 .