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FAR™

Feifer Assessment of Reading™

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

Purpose:
Examines the underlying cognitive and linguistic processes that support proficient reading skills
Format:
Paper and pencil, Online scoring via PARiConnect
Age range:
5 years to 21 years
Time:
35 minutes for PK; 60 minutes for K-Grade 1; 75 minutes for Grade 2+; 15-20 minutes for Screening Form
Qualification level:
S
S
A degree, certificate, or license to practice in a health care profession or occupation, including (but not limited to) the following: medicine, neurology, nursing, occupational therapy and other allied health care professions, physician's assistants, psychiatry, social work; plus appropriate training and experience in the ethical administration, scoring, and interpretation of clinical behavioral assessment instruments. Certain health care providers may be eligible to purchase selected "B" and "C" level instruments within their area of expertise. Specifically, relevant supervised clinical experience using tests (i.e., internship, residency, etc.) in combination with formal coursework ( i.e., Tests and Measurement, Individual Assessment, or equivalent) qualifies a health care provider to purchase certain restricted products. Any PAR Customer already qualified to purchase a "B" or "C" level product, is also qualified to purchase an "S" level product. If you are not already qualified to purchase a "B"or "C" level product from PAR, please download and complete the special Qualification Form for Medical and Allied Health Professionals. (You will need Adobe Acrobat to view.) Close

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.

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, wherein the mean is set to 100 and the standard deviation to 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.

Screening form available

Ideal for use within an RTI delivery system model, the FAR Screening Form is designed to identify children at risk for developmental dyslexia and measure the underlying processes of reading.

  • Comprises three subtests: one from the Phonological Index (Phonemic Awareness), one from the Fluency Index (Rapid Automatic Naming), and one from the Comprehension Index (Semantic Concepts).
  • Yields a single composite score that indicates if the risk for dyslexia.
  • Allows you to decide whether the risk of dyslexia or reading disability is high enough to warrant further assessment.

New! 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!