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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

Assess the Underlying Processes that Support Written Language Skills


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 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.


Features and benefits

  • Designed to measure three subtypes of written language disorders, or dysgraphia. 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.
  • 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.
  • The FAW Interpretive Report
    • Provides scores for all FAW subtests and includes detailed interpretations of index, discrepancy, and subtest scores.
    • Offers targeted intervention recommendations tailored to each individual’s age and FAW scores, aiding clinicians in creating personalized and targeted interventions.
  • Can be used for an array of purposes including general screening of dysgraphia, directing diagnosis of a learning disability as part of a comprehensive psychological evaluation, progress monitoring of discrete skills for school systems operating in an RTI paradigm, and designing a deficit- or skill-specific intervention.
  • A detailed Administration and Scoring Guide, available for purchase, provides instructions that simplify administration and make scoring straightforward and objective. Meant to be a go-to resource during administration, the guide provides targeted advice and helpful tips.
  • PAR's 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.
  • Screening forms, ideal for progress monitoring, are also available.


Video Q&A with Dr. Feifer

Why should you use the FAR and FAW together to test for dyslexia?