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

Online proctoring is available for this test. You may test remotely, including from home.
Is online proctoring right for me? Read more about online proctoring, including important policies and requirements.

Computer-based test (CBT) and online proctored test; 100 multiple-choice questions, 2 written assignments
Computer-Based Testing
4 hours and 15 minutes total appointment time
  • 15 minutes for CBT tutorial and nondisclosure agreement
  • 4 hours testing time
Online Proctoring
4 hours and 30 minutes total appointment time
  • 15 minutes for tutorial and nondisclosure agreement
  • 2 hours 30 minutes for the multiple-choice questions
  • 15 minutes for optional break
  • 1 hour 30 minutes for the open-response assignments
Computer-Based Testing
You may take restroom breaks during testing. Time taken for breaks is considered part of the available testing time.
Computer-Based Testing
By appointment, year round. Test appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Check seat availability Link opens in a new window..
Online Proctoring
Starting November 8, 2021, by appointment with an online proctor during one-week testing windows each month
Test Sites
Computer-Based Testing
CBT sites are located nationwide. Locate a test center link opens in a new window.
Online Proctoring
You may test remotely, including from home. Review system and testing environment requirements PDF Document.
Passing Score
Test Fees
Score Reporting
Computer-Based Testing
View score report dates.
Candidates will receive a receipt of completion at the conclusion of their test center appointment.
Online Proctoring
Review score report release dates.
Score reports may be delayed for up to 2 weeks for candidates taking this test via online proctoring
Candidates taking an online-proctored test will not receive a receipt of completion when their test ends.
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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Tests may include test questions that are being evaluated for future administrations and that do not affect a candidate's score.

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