(NDRT) Nelson-Denny Reading Test, Forms I & J

by Vivian Vick Fishco

(NDRT) Nelson-Denny Reading Test, Forms I & J

by Vivian Vick Fishco
Benefits Measures silent reading vocabulary, comprehension, and rate
Ages High school to 2-year and 4-year college
Admin time 35 to 56 minutes
Format Individual or group
Scores Age and grade-equivalent scores, percentile ranks, and index scores
Norms Based on a sample of students ages 14 years, 0 months through 24 years, 11 months enrolled in high school, 2-year, or 4-year university programs
Publish Date 2018
Qualifications Level B required.
About Qualification Levels
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The Nelson-Denny Reading Testincludes two parallel forms, Form I and Form J, that have been equated and can be used interchangeably as pretests and posttests.

Core Subtests and Composite

  • Vocabulary—Students are presented with an opening statement and five answer choices; for example, “A chef works with A. bricks B. music C. clothes D. food E. statues.” Students select the option that best completes the opening statement.
  • Comprehension—The Comprehension subtest consists of seven reading passages and 36 comprehension questions, each with five answer choices. The reading passages are drawn from current textbooks in Humanities, Science, and Social Sciences. Students are instructed to read as many passages and answer as many comprehension questions as they can.
  • General Reading Ability—This composite is derived by combining index scores from the Vocabulary and Comprehension subtests to achieve a stronger and more reliable index of overall reading ability.

Supplemental Subtest

  • Reading Rate—The Reading Rate score is obtained by requesting that students record in the margin the number that corresponds to the last sentence they were reading in Passage 1 of the Comprehension subtest after exactly 1 minute. Students are instructed to read at their normal rate, neither faster nor slower than usual.


  • Uses all-new vocabulary items and comprehension passages drawn from current high school and college texts
  • Offers optional extended-time administration to meet the needs of special populations, such as English-language learners
  • Based on all-new normative data collected between 2013 and 2018
  • Reports all-new reliability and validity studies, including new studies of differential item functioning and diagnostic accuracy
  • Evidence indicates 90% of the Comprehension items are passage dependent