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Foundations of Reading Test for Wisconsin (FORT)

The computer-based test assesses proficiency in and understanding of reading and writing content knowledge, literacy development and instruction.

A passing score of 240 on the Foundations of Reading Test (FORT) is required for initial licensure in the state of Wisconsin. 


Test objectives

Foundations of Reading Development 
  • Understand phonological and phonemic awareness.
  • Understand concepts about print and the alphabetic principle.
  • Understand the role of phonics in promoting reading development.
  • Understand word analysis skills and strategies.

Development of Reading Comprehension

  • Understand vocabulary development.
  • Understand how to apply reading comprehension skills and strategies to imaginative/literacy texts.
  • Understand to apply reading comprehension skills and strategies to informational/expository text.

Reading Assessment and Instruction 

  • Understand multiple approaches to reading instruction
  • Understand formal and informal methods for assessment reading development

Integration of Knowledge and Understanding

  • Prepare an organized, developed analysis on a topic related to one or more of the following: foundations for reading development; development of reading comprehension; reading assessment and instruction.

Who is required to take the test?

  • Early Childhood-Middle Childhood Majors – Regular Education and Dual Education
  • Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence Majors – Regular Education and Dual Education
  • Special Education Majors

Teacher candidates who are required to take the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test (FORT) for licensure, but have not passed the test are now allowed to student teach if they have taken the FORT at least twice.  At least one attempt should be made prior to application to student teaching; the second score is required prior to Student Teaching Orientation.

This change in College policy was created in response to revised licensing rules of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). The DPI now provides a Tier One License with Stipulations for those who have completed an educator preparation program but have not met all requirements for licensure. Please note that this license would require you to attempt the FORT each year you hold it; passing the FORT remains a requirement for moving on to a Tier II Provisional or Tier III Lifetime license.  See PI34.028 of the administrative code for more information.


Practice Tests 

UW System FoRT Study Aid Canvas Course

The UWS FoRT Working Group has developed a system-wide Canvas course designed to support FoRT preparation across the state.  Current University of Wisconsin students (UW email required) who would like access to the course may do so free of charge by following this link:

Online Resources

Print Resources