(QPRT™) Quick Picture Reading Test™

By Amber M. Klein, PhD and David S. Herzberg, PhD

(QPRT™) Quick Picture Reading Test™


Provides a quick estimate of reading ability that's relevant to real-world reading tasks


8 to 89 years

Admin Time

10 minutes or less


Phrase and picture matching


A standard score, the Reading Index, plus a percentile rank and grade equivalent


Based on a sample of 2,826 children and adults, representative of the U.S. population in regard to gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status

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QPRT Child AutoScore™ Form, Ages 8 to 19 (Pack of 25)

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(QPRT™) Quick Picture Reading Test™

(QPRT™) Quick Picture Reading Test™


In 10 minutes or less, this convenient screener gives you a reliable estimate of general reading ability. Its innovative item format requires examinees to match phrases and pictures, drawing on both word recognition and comprehension skills. This makes the QPRT relevant to a variety of real-world reading tasks. It’s more informative than a simple word recognition test, yet much quicker than a traditional reading comprehension measure.

Matching Phrases With Pictures

The QPRT is composed of 26 short phrases and 35 simple line drawings. The examinee reads each phrase, scans the drawings, and chooses the image that best represents the meaning of the phrase.    

Appropriate for ages 8 to 89, the test can be administered to individuals or groups. It offers two convenient AutoScore™ Test Forms—one for adults (17 to 89 years) and one for children (8 to 19 years of age). These forms are identical in item content and presentation, though different norms apply to each. They overlap in age so that users can choose the form that’s more appropriate for 17- to 19-year-olds, who may be in either a school or work setting.

The QPRT has a 10-minute time limit, which is more than sufficient for most examinees. (The purpose of the time limit is simply to discourage respondents from prolonging the task.) Instructions to examinees are written at a third-grade reading level and printed directly on the test forms. Typically, administration and scoring can be handled by support personnel.

A Clear-Cut Reading Index Score

It takes only a couple of minutes to score the QPRT and obtain a Reading Index (which is a standard score). In addition, you can convert raw scores to percentile ranks and grade equivalents.

QPRT norms are based on a sample of 2,826 English-speaking individuals (1,203 adults and 1,876 children, with each group including approximately 270 late adolescents). For ages 7 to 12, norms are presented at 1-year intervals; for ages 13 to 16, at 2-year intervals; and for ages 17 to 19, in aggregate. For adults, normative data are grouped by decade. All groups except the oldest (80 to 89 years of age) are composed of at least 100 individuals.

In terms of gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status, the standardization sample represents the general U.S. population. Data from a diverse clinical sample of 480 adults and children are presented to demonstrate the criterion-related validity of the Reading Index Score.

A Useful Alternative to Longer Reading Tests

The QPRT can be used by various professionals, in numerous settings:

Academic - The QPRT engages children who are difficult to assess with longer, more conventional achievement tests.

Human Resources - The QPRT is an efficient way to screen job applicants for ability to read and understand written material such as technical manuals.

Clinical - The QPRT can help you determine a respondent’s reading level prior to administering self-report inventories or other psychological tests.

Research - The QPRT offers a quick way to qualify (or classify) research participants for studies that require reading.

In all of these situations the QPRT provides a useful alternative to longer reading tests. It’s quick; it spans a wide age range; it can be completed independently in just about any setting; and its items are more engaging than those on conventional reading tests. Because the QPRT draws on both word recognition and comprehension skills, it produces an estimate of reading ability that’s relevant to reading tasks encountered in the real world.

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Eleven-year-old Ben had always struggled in school, particularly with reading. He performed poorly on statewide end-of-year testing and had difficulty sitting still for long periods of time. Therefore, his parents enrolled him in a summer tutorial program for students with academic or behavior problems.

Having discovered that lengthy reading comprehension tests were not well tolerated by most of their students, program administrators asked Ben to complete the QPRT so that they could determine the best starting point for tutoring.

Ben found the QPRT difficult, but he was engaged by the pictures and glad to see that the test was short. He was able to complete easier items but then gave up because he did not know many of the words. His raw score was 5, which translated into a grade-equivalent score of fourth grade. His Reading Index was 92, which was in the average range. And his percentile rank was 30, indicating that Ben’s reading skills were above those of only 30% of other children his age.    

Ben’s tutor examined the items that he answered correctly and noticed that the most difficult words in those items were typical of those encountered in elementary or junior high school. This observation, later confirmed through further work with Ben, suggested that he had adequate vocabulary knowledge.

Ben’s QPRT results, along with other information gathered, were used to create an individualized tutoring program to meet his specific needs. Ben participated for 4 weeks and reported that he felt challenged but not overwhelmed by the instruction he received.


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