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Feifer Assessment of Reading

Steven G. Feifer, DEd; Professional Manual by Steven G. Feifer, DEd, and Rebecca Gerhardstein Nader, PhD

Examines the underlying cognitive and linguistic processes that support proficient reading skills
Paper and pencil, Online scoring via PARiConnect, Download, E-Manual
Grade range:
Pre-K to College
35 minutes for PK; 60 minutes for K–Grade 1; 75 minutes for Grade 2+; 15–20 minutes for Screening Form
Qualification level:
A degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, or a closely related field plus satisfactory completion of coursework in test interpretation, psychometrics and measurement theory, educational statistics, or a closely related area; or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

Also available! Learn more about how the FAR helps school psychologists identify reading disorders, including dyslexia, and develop appropriate interventions in our new infographic! Click the Resources tab above or here to view or download. 

Also available! The FAR Screening Form Remote allows you to administer via teleconferencing. Click here to order.

Also available! Our new In-Person e-Stimulus Books and Kits are convenient, more hygienic alternatives to paper administration that allow you to administer the FAR face-to-face via tablet. Be sure to download our new white paper prior to administering.

Also available! The FAR Laminated Storybook—now included in the FAR Comprehensive Kit—allows for easier sanitation and clean-up of materials after student use. It is also available for individual purchase.

Also available! Read our white paper to learn more about using built-in skills, error, and behavior analyses with the FAR and the FAM to help you develop even more effective reading and math interventions! Click the Resources tab above or here to view or download. 


The FAR is a comprehensive assessment of reading and related processes. It is unique in that it helps you determine the examinee's specific subtype of dyslexia to inform decisions about appropriate interventions.

Features and benefits

  • Addresses four specific subtypes of dyslexia: dysphonetic dyslexia, surface dyslexia, mixed dyslexia, and reading comprehension deficits. 
  • Comprises 15 individual subtests measuring various aspects of vocabulary, phonological awareness, decoding skills, rapid automatic naming, orthographical processing, morphological processing, word memory, reading fluency (word and story; silent and oral), and comprehension skills.
  • Enables you to conduct an item-level skills and error analysis of the examinee's scores on specific subtests and to take a more in-depth look at his or her reading-related behaviors.
  • Can be used for an array of purposes, including general screening of dyslexia, progress monitoring of discrete skills for school systems operating in an RTI paradigm, diagnosis of a learning disability as part of a comprehensive psychological evaluation, and design of a deficit- or skill-specific intervention.
  • A separate screening form is designed to identify children at risk for developmental dyslexia and measure the underlying processes of reading.

Test structure

  • Five index scores are generated: the Phonological Index, the Fluency Index, the Comprehension Index, the Mixed Index (a composite of Phonological and Fluency index scores), and the FAR Total Index (a composite of all subtest scores).
  • Examinees in prekindergarten take eight subtests, examinees in kindergarten to Grade 1 take 11 subtests, and examinees in Grade 2 to college take 14 subtests.
  • You can choose to administer the full battery or, for a shorter administration time, only the subtests associated with an individual reading index, or individual subtests.
  • Reliable change and discrepancy scores can be calculated.
  • Scoring is available 24/7 on PARiConnect, our online assessment platform. 

Technical information

  • Offers grade-based norms (with age proxies provided); age and grade equivalents for subtest scores; and confidence intervals, percentile ranks, z scores, and normal curve equivalents (NCEs) for index scores.
  • Subtest and index scores are scaled to the familiar IQ metric (M = 100; SD = 15).
  • Standardized on a sample of 1,074 examinees in prekindergarten to college drawn from more than 30 states using a population-proportionate, stratified random sampling plan based on 2012 U.S. Census statistics.

FAR Interpretive Report

  • Available through PARiConnect, the FAR Interpretive Report provides scores for all 15 FAR subtests and includes detailed interpretations of index, index discrepancy, and subtest scores.
  • Provides targeted reading interventions that are based on current reading research and tailored to your student's age and FAR scores.
  • Save time by easily copying and pasting recommendations into your own report.


In addition to an interactive course, pronunciation guides for various FAR subtests are available on the PAR Training Portal!