The Foundations of Reading test for Mississippi assesses proficiency in and depth of understanding of the subject of reading and writing development. The test reflects scientifically based reading research and is aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

Who Needs to Take the Test?

Effective July 1, 2016, for initial elementary education licensure, a teacher candidate must earn a passing score on a rigorous test of scientifically research-based reading instruction and intervention and data-based decision-making principles as approved by the State Board of Education (Miss. Code Ann. § 37-3-2). The purpose of the test is to ensure that each licensed educator has the subject matter knowledge essential for entry-level teaching in the field.

Teacher candidates in Mississippi may take the Foundations of Reading test to satisfy this new requirement. This requirement is in addition to the current testing requirements for Mississippi.

Test Information

The Foundations of Reading Test has been updated.

  • The new test (test code 190) is now open for registration for test dates beginning August 23, 2021.
  • The previous version of the test (test code 090) will be discontinued. The final administration of this version of the test is August 22, 2021
Format Computer-based test (CBT); 100 multiple-choice questions, 2 written assignments
Time 4 hours and 15 minutes total appointment time
  • 15 minutes for CBT tutorial and nondisclosure agreement
  • 4 hours testing time
Test Dates By appointment, year round. Test appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Check seat availability Link opens in a new window..
Test Sites CBT sites are located nationwide. Locate a test center link opens in a new window.
Passing Score Test code 090: 229
Test code 190: 233
Test Fee $139 Review payment information.
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Notes This test includes written assignments that may require use of an on-screen character selector for inserting special characters into written responses.
Testing Policies When you register, you must agree to abide by all testing rules and policies.
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Prepare View the preparation materials available for this test.

Tests may include test questions that are being evaluated for future administrations and that do not affect a candidate's score.