The Foundations of Reading test for Utah 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 Utah Code Annotated § 53F-5-215, teacher candidates earning their teaching license in the areas of early childhood, elementary education, preschool special education, and special education will need to complete a teacher literacy preparation assessment before they are awarded their professional license. The Foundations of Reading assessment measures teacher candidate's foundational knowledge in the science of reading related to literacy instruction as described in Utah Code. Teacher candidates seeking licensure on or after September 1, 2022, will be required to take the Foundations of Reading assessment before they are recommended for licensure. Candidates may participate in piloting the assessment before that time.

Registration Vouchers

Candidates from Utah who are currently enrolled in an Educator Preparation Program will receive a test voucher from their program. The voucher must be entered during the registration process. Vouchers cannot be applied retroactively to existing registrations, so be sure to acquire your voucher before you register. If you have any questions about your voucher, ask your faculty advisor before registering for the test.

If you register for the test and use your voucher, and then later withdraw your registration, you will be able to re-register and use your voucher again. If, however, you do not withdraw your registration and are subsequently absent from the test, your voucher may not be reused.

Test Information

Online proctoring is available for this test. You may test remotely, including from home.
Is online proctoring right for me? Read more about online proctoring, including important policies and requirements.

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
A passing score is not yet established for the Foundations of Reading in Utah. Any reported score is used to indicate participation and completion of the Foundations of Reading Assessment for Utah. The state of Utah will conduct and establish their own state passing standard (anticipated in Spring 2024).
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
When you register, you must agree to abide by all testing rules and policies.
Read them now.

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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