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Feifer Assessment of Writing

Steven G. Feifer, DEd

Examines the underlying processes that support written language skills
Paper and pencil, Online scoring via PARiConnect, Download, E-Manual
Grade range:
Pre-K to College
15 minutes for PK; 20 minutes for K–Grade 1; 55–65 minutes for Grades 2+
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

Now available! The FAW Interpretive Report provides scores for all FAW subtests and includes detailed interpretations of index, discrepancy, and subtest scores. It also offers targeted intervention recommendations tailored to each individual’s age and FAW scores, aiding clinicians in creating personalized and targeted intervention recommendations.

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 FAW face-to-face via tablet. Be sure to download our new white paper prior to administering.


Students spend nearly 60% of their school day engaged in the process of written expression. Deficits in the writing process can wreak havoc on students’ education. The FAW examines the underlying processes that support proficient written language skills. In addition to identifying the possibility of dysgraphia, the FAW is able to determine the specific subtype of dysgraphia. The Administration and Scoring Guide provides instructions that simplify assessment and make scoring straightforward.

The FAW is a diagnostic achievement test designed to examine the underlying cognitive, motoric, and linguistic processes that support proficient written language skills. It joins the FAR and the FAM as the third and final member of the Feifer Family of diagnostic achievement test batteries, all of which examine subtypes of learning disabilities using a brain–behavior perspective.

The FAW was designed to measure three subtypes of written language disorders, or dysgraphia. 

Features and benefits

  • Designed to measure three subtypes of written language disorders. Results help specify, from a neuropsychological perspective, exactly why a student struggles with written language so you can develop appropriate, customized interventions.
  • Provides qualitative information about a student’s writing skills, including a skills analysis available within most subtests that allows you to dig deeper into a student’s abilities.
  • Screening forms, ideal for progress monitoring, are also available.
  • Can be used for an array of purposes, including for general screening of dysgraphia, to direct diagnosis of a learning disability as part of a comprehensive psychological evaluation, for progress monitoring of discrete skills for school systems operating in an RTI paradigm, and to design a deficit- or skill-specific intervention.
  • A detailed Administration and Scoring Guide makes administration and scoring straightforward and objective. Meant to be a go-to resource during administration, the guide provides targeted advice and helpful tips.

Test structure

  • Three index scores are generated: the Graphomotor Index, the Dyslexic Index, and the Executive Index. The FAW Total Index represents overall test performance. Each index can be compared to each other, as well as to the total index score, to determine relative strengths and weaknesses in writing.
  • An optional Compositional Writing Index is available when Copy Editing and Story Mapping subtests are administered. These subtests are optional and are not included in the FAW Total Index.
  • Examinees in prekindergarten take five subtests, examinees in kindergarten to Grade 1 take seven subtests, and examinees in Grade 2 to college take 10 subtests.
  • Reliable change and discrepancy scores can be calculated.

Technical information

  • Subtest and index scores are scaled to the familiar IQ metric (= 100; SD = 15).
  • Standardized on a sample of 1,048 participants in prekindergarten to college, drawn from 30 states and based on the 2017 U.S. Census statistics.
  • Includes intellectual developmental disorder, ADHD, fine motor deficits, and written language learning disability clinical samples.
  • Offers grade-based norms; age and grade equivalents for subtest scores; and confidence intervals, percentile ranks, z scores, and normal curve equivalents (NCEs) for index scores.


FAW subtests