Eye Test

Select words you are sure that your child can recognize and read individually. Perhaps these would include cat, mat, man, he, she, I, it, the, an, home, boy, girl, mum, dad, up, sit, of, from, blue, green, red.

Arrange them on a single line, with about fifteen words per line:

cat mat man he she I it the an home boy girl mum dad it

On the next (single space) line, re-arrange the same words and add others:

she up man blue of from she red he I this the what green

You end up with a block of text that looks like this, but with greater variety in the ordering of words – also, they must be words that you think your child knows really well:

cat mat man he she I it the an home boy girl mum dad

she up man blue of from she red he I this the what green

cat mat man he she I it the an home boy girl mum dad

she up man blue of from she red he I this the what green

cat mat man he she I it the an home boy girl mum dad

she up man blue of from she red he I this the what green

Print these out on a normal sheet of paper in a normal typeface size like 12. Leave generous margins above and below and on the sides.

Can your child read through this block of text consistently and accurately, without missing any words or jumping lines? Can your child read each line (approx. 14 short words) in 25 seconds or less? Do his or her eyes fill with tears after one attempt at five lines of this exercise? Is the child rubbing his or her eyes, squinting at the page or covering one eye? Is he or she complaining and finding it very difficult to complete the test?

If your child can read a sizeable block of nonsense text at reasonable speed, reasonably accurately, without apparent fatigue, that is a very good sign.

There may be other visual or mental problems holding your child back, but tracking is probably not an issue.

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