NFER Reading Tests

The NFER Tests reading range
The NFER Tests range includes reading assessments for use across years 1-6. These standardised tests provide reliable standardised and age-standardised scores to help you confidently monitor attainment and progress, and are supported by a free online analysis tool

Two reading booklets are available for use in the year 1 spring and summer terms and year 2 autumn and spring terms (spring available to pre-order). One set of reading tests is available per term across years 3-6, with the exception of the year 6 summer term.
Our reading assessments include:

  • materials that reflect the style and challenge of the national curriculum tests
  • texts chosen to be engaging and appropriate to the age group
  • questions that appear in a variety of formats to reduce dependency on writing skills.

The content of the year 1 reading assessments takes into particular consideration the young age of the pupils. In the year 2 assessments more closely follow the format of the KS1 national curriculum tests, with the spring paper 2 introducing a single text presented in a separate reader booklet.
Across years 3-6 the reading materials reflect the style and format of the KS2 national curriculum tests with three un-themed texts and a separate answer booklet.

Reading sample materials
Click on the samples below to view the types of question, support and marking guidance you will find in the NFER reading tests. 

Click on the samples below to view the types of question, support and marking guidance you will find in the NFER reading tests.

The full NFER Tests range includes termly maths, grammar and punctuation and spelling assessments, all supported by a free, easy-to-use online analysis tool to help you get the most from your test data. These age-appropriate materials have been developed by our assessment experts, in collaboration with teachers, and standardised with over 60,000 pupils, to provide reliable standardised and age-standardised scores. In addition, our summer reading and maths tests provide age-related expectations measures.