7.1 Assessing Letter-Sound Skills and Phonics Skills

Learning Intentions

After viewing this module session participants will be able to: 

  • Indicate the importance of assessing nonsense word reading
  • Describe two different ways of assessing nonsense word reading
  • Identify concerns and caveats in assessing phonics skills


Watch the session below.

*Please see the Transcripts resource folder located in Module 0 for a text copy of the transcript from this video. 


  • Phonics skills are essential for reading an alphabet-based written language
  • Nonsense word reading is our best assessment of phonic decoding skills
  • Nonsense word reading is an great way to assess the “underpinnings” of word reading development
  • Nonsense word reading can be untimed or timed, and both types of assessment should be administered

Reflect & Connect

How have you used nonsense word reading subtests? Is there anything you might now do differently