DORA Phonemic Awareness
Seton Testing Services has partnered with Let’s Go Learn® to bring you the DORA Phonemic Awareness Online Assessment.
By the time children are between three and four years old, they have learned most of the approximately 40 phonemes (discrete sounds in words) which comprise the English language. The ability to hear and manipulate these discrete sounds in spoken words is referred to as “phonemic awareness.” Children demonstrate their phonemic awareness by segmenting words into individual sounds (i.e., /fi sh/ into /f/-/i/-/sh/), deleting sounds in words, blending sounds, and adding or substituting sounds in one word to make new words.
Phonemic awareness is an oral ability. Children who have good phonemic awareness can often recognize/decode words and spell/write better than others. DORA Phonemic Awareness is available for a thorough assessment of oral phonemic awareness skills. The Phonemic Awareness Assessment was designed to give teachers and parents an indication of which students struggle with distinguishing and manipulating phonemes in words, show proficiency in phonemic awareness tasks, or exhibit extraordinary facility with phonemes. This assessment can be used to screen or diagnose students who need further work on phonemic awareness tasks and students who may be at risk for reading difficulties so that early intervention with those particular students can be efficiently implemented.