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Our completely free 1st Grade Reading practice tests are the perfect way to brush up your skills. Take one of our many 1st Grade Reading practice tests for a run-through of commonly asked questions. You will receive incredibly detailed scoring results at the end of your 1st Grade Reading practice test to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses. Pick one of our 1st Grade Reading practice tests now and begin!

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1st Grade Reading Comprehension Tests & Worksheets

Students in first grade have learned the basics of reading and are starting to read well on their own. It’s important for teachers to ensure students also understand what they’re reading, so they use reading comprehension tests and worksheets. Use these reading comprehension worksheets for lessons, practice, or tests.

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Printable 1st Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets

Reading comprehension worksheets for 1st grade feature a short passage and questions about that passage. Click on the image of the worksheet PDF with answer key to download and print it using the troubleshooting guide for help.

1st Grade Reading Comprehension Multiple Choice Worksheet

Toward the beginning of the school year, first graders will need more guidance with understanding reading comprehension. This reading comprehension worksheet includes five multiple choice questions, making it easier for students to identify the answers.

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Reading Comprehension Worksheet for Grade 1 With Questions

Practice 1st grade reading comprehension with questions on this blank first grade reading story worksheet. You can use the worksheet for lessons as a group with any first grade read-aloud book or for independent reading with any book the student chooses.

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1st Grade Reading Comprehension Test

This 1st grade reading comprehension practice test includes multiple choice, true or false, and open-ended questions to gauge the student’s understanding of the text.

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Where to Find 1st Grade Reading Comprehension Tests

Many educational websites offer free online reading comprehension stories for kids. At the first grade level, you can use worksheets as reading comprehension examinations too. To make them feel a bit more "test" like, combine a few to make a longer exam or cross out questions if you feel like there are too many.

  • There are two reading comprehension tests first graders can take online from Pearson, “Saturday with Grandpa” and “How They Grow.” Kids will answer three questions about each story online.
  • K5 Learning offers 6 free printable leveled reader reading comprehension worksheets you can use as tests.
  • If you want Common Core aligned tests, K12 Reader has over 35 free reading comprehension worksheets for first grade that use rhyming words and focus on single word families.

Make Your Own Reading Comprehension Tests

Ready-made worksheets and tests are not always going to suit the unique needs of your first grade classroom. Use these tips and techniques to create your own reading comprehension tests and worksheets when needed.

Create a Theme for the Test

As you can see from the free worksheets and tests, having a strong central focus for the sheet is common. Kids respond well to animals, holidays, and other subjects that connect to their own lives.

Prepare Students for the Test

There is a strong chance that first grade students have never taken a test before, and they might be overwhelmed by the thought of having to do so. Go through several reading comprehension worksheets in class with them, so that they know exactly what to expect.


Mix Up the Type of Questions

Use different types of questions on the test such as multiple choice, true and false, and open-ended. They should not all be summary questions that ask the student to regurgitate the facts.

You can ask questions that focus on a very basic analysis or ones that ask the students to make inferences about the subject matter.

Include Some Illustrations on the Test

Images and pictures can give students some basic clues about the answers to the questions or they might simply be for fun, decorative purposes. Either way, they make the test less intimidating.

Know the Needs and Abilities of Your Students

As with any type of activity, lesson, or examination in the classroom, you need to evaluate the specific needs of your students when using worksheets and tests.

For example, if you teach two first grade classes, and one is much more advanced than the other, consider coming up with two different tests so that both groups of students are challenged within their abilities.

Remember What You Read

Reading comprehension worksheets and tests are only two of the tools you can use to help first graders master reading comprehension. Check out these fun reading activities and see which ones you could tailor to first grade reading comprehension lessons.

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texts to test reading technique - NAUMENOK

It is advisable to test the formation of reading skills 3 times a year: at the beginning of the academic year, at the end of the first half of the year and at the end of the academic year. But sometimes the teacher prefers to check the reading technique at the end of each quarter.

The reading technique test includes not only reading speed, but also reading accuracy, comprehension and expressiveness. I wrote about this in more detail in article 9.0005 "How to test a child's reading technique."

  • Special texts are selected to test the reading technique.
  • The text should be understandable to the child, but be unfamiliar to him.
  • Sentences should be short, without any complicating constructions or signs.
  • It is better if the text for checking reading is without illustrations and dialogues so that children do not get distracted while reading.
  • Text must be placed on one page.
  • While reading the text, you can not interrupt the child, correct mistakes. After completing the reading, you need to return to those words that caused difficulty or were read incorrectly and ask the child to read them again. In the process of reading, a first grader can follow the text with his finger so as not to lose the line.
  • To test reading comprehension, you need to ask a few questions about the text.

Reading technique norm in grade 1

1st half year
Reading should be smooth syllabic, conscious and correct, with clear pronunciation of syllables and words.
Reading speed - 25-30 words per minute.

2nd half year
The child reads whole words correctly, consciously. Words with a complex syllabic structure are read syllable by syllable.
Reading speed - 30-40 words per minute.

These texts can be used not only to test the child's reading skills, but also for retelling. How to teach a child to retell can be found in the article “Teaching a child to retell”.

Reading technique test texts in grade 1

Sparrow and swallows
Swallow made a nest.
The sparrow saw the nest and occupied it. The swallow called her friends for help. Together, the swallows drove the sparrow out of the nest. (22 words)


  1. What did the sparrow do?
  2. Who did the swallow call for help?

Ant found a big grain. He couldn't carry it alone. The ant called for help from his comrades. Together, the ants easily dragged the grain into the anthill. (22 words)


  1. What did the ant find?
  2. Why did the ant call his friends for help?


Warm summer has come. Currants ripened in the garden. Masha and Tanya collect it in a bucket. Mom will make jam from it. In winter, in the cold, children will drink tea with jam. (29 words)


  1. Which berry is ripe in the garden?
  2. What will mother do?

The fox and cancer
The fox suggested that the crayfish run a race.
Cancer agreed. The fox ran, and the crayfish clung to the fox's tail. The fox ran to the place. The fox turned around, and the crayfish unhooked and said: "I've been waiting for you here for a long time." (32 words)


  1. What did the fox offer to cancer?
  2. How did cancer outsmart the fox?


Cranes live near swamps, forest lakes, meadows, river banks. Nests are built right on the ground. The crane circles over the nest, guarding it. At the end of summer, cranes gather in flocks and fly to warm countries. (33 words)


  1. Where do cranes build nests?
  2. When do cranes fly to warm countries?

A little girl wrapped woolen threads around an egg. It turned out to be a ball. This ball she put on the stove in a basket. Three weeks have passed. Suddenly there was a squeak from the basket.
The ball squeaked. The girl unrolled the ball. There was a little chicken there. (34 words)


  1. How did the girl make the ball?
  2. What happened to the ball after three weeks?


The guys went to the forest for mushrooms. Dima found a beautiful boletus under a birch. Tanya saw a small butter dish under a pine tree. Ilya saw a huge boletus in the grass. In the grove they collected full baskets of various mushrooms. The children returned home happy and happy. (38 words)


  1. Who found the boletus?
  2. What mushroom grew under a pine tree?
  3. Where did the boletus hide?

Summer has come. In forest clearings, the grass is above the knees. Grasshoppers chirp. Strawberries turn red on the tubercles. Raspberries, lingonberries, wild roses, blueberries bloom. The chicks fly out of the nests.
A little time will pass, and delicious wild berries will appear. Soon children will come here with baskets to pick berries. (39 words)


  1. What is the grass in the meadows?
  2. Which berries bloom?


The guys were walking through the forest. We found a hedgehog under a bush. He curled up in fear. The guys rolled the hedgehog into a hat and brought it home. They gave him milk. The hedgehog turned around and began to eat milk. And then the hedgehog ran back to his forest. (39 words) (according to E. Charushin)


  1. Who did the guys find?
  2. What did the hedgehog do with fear?
  3. What did the guys give the hedgehog?

Bathing the cubs

A big bear and two merry cubs came out of the forest. The bear grabbed one cub with her teeth by the collar and let's dip into the river. The other cub got scared and ran into the forest.
His mother caught up with him, slapped him, and then into the water. The cubs were happy. (40 words) (according to V. Bianchi)


  1. Who came out of the forest?
  2. What did the second bear do?
  3. Were the cubs satisfied with the bath?

In a dark forest, near a forest path, a beast lay down. This is a lynx - a cat the size of a large dog. Her tail is short, her ears are tufted, her skin is spotted. The lynx lies on a thick bough and waits. She will rush from the tree to her prey. (40 words)


  1. What is the tail of a lynx?
  2. Where did the lynx hide?


The sun warmed the earth. Ran the streams. The rooks have arrived. Birds hatch chicks. A hare jumps merrily through the forest. The fox went hunting and smells the prey. The she-wolf led the cubs into the clearing.
The bear growls at the lair. Butterflies and bees fly over the flowers. Everyone is happy about spring. (41 words)


  1. What does the hare do?
  2. Where did the she-wolf lead the cubs?
  3. Where do butterflies and bees fly?

What does the woodpecker do in the forest? He lives and works in the forest. A bird with a red cap on its head sits on a tall pine and knocks on the trunk with a strong beak. Why is he doing this? Woodpecker saves trees from harmful insects. Therefore, he is often called the forest doctor. (43 words)


  1. What does a woodpecker have on his head?
  2. Why is a woodpecker called a forest doctor?

Misha is walking along the alley of the old park. Suddenly, a small red animal runs out onto the path right at his feet. Squirrel! The squirrel has a fluffy tail.
She looks with intelligent eyes. The squirrel is waiting for a treat. Misha hands her a nut. The animal is happy. And now her fluffy tail flashed on the tree. (44 words)


  1. Who was walking in the park?
  2. Who did Misha meet?
  3. What did the boy treat the squirrel to?

Brave men
The boys went to school. Suddenly a dog jumped out. She barked at the guys. The boys started to run. Only Borya remained standing still. The dog stopped barking and approached Borya. Borya stroked her. Then Borya calmly went to school, and the dog quietly followed him. (44 words)


  1. Where were the guys going?
  2. What happened on the way?
  3. How did the boys behave?
  4. What did Borya do?

Sly fish
For a long time I sat with a fishing rod on the shore. Minnows do not peck at me. And grandfather is sitting under a bush and has already caught a bucket. I sat down in the shade. Immediately the minnows began to peck. It turns out that in a clean place the shadow of the fishing rod is visible. So the cunning fish did not go to the hook. (48 words) (According to E. Shim)

Questions :

  1. Where did grandfather fish?
  2. Why was he fishing?
  3. Why didn't the boy bite the fish at first?


A cockerel walks around the yard: a red comb on its head, a red beard under its nose. Petya's tail is a wheel, there are patterns on the tail, spurs on the legs. Petya found a grain. He calls a hen with chickens. They did not share the grain - they fought. Petya the cockerel reconciled them: he ate the grain himself, waved his wings, shouted at the top of his voice: “Ku-ka-re-ku!” (49words)


  1. Where does the cockerel go?
  2. What did the cockerel find?
  3. Whom did he call?
  4. Why did the chickens fight?

Bats are very useful animals. They eat harmful insects. During the day, bats wrap their wide wings like cloaks and hang upside down in dark places. The night is coming. They fly out to hunt. Many harmful insects fly at night. Almost all birds sleep at this time. Therefore, the "work" of bats is especially important. (51 words) (According to Yu. Dmitriev)


  1. What are the benefits of bats?
  2. How do bats sleep?
  3. When do bats hunt?


Vasya is sitting on the bank. He watches how the ducks swim in the pond: they hide their wide spouts in the water. Vasya does not know how to drive the ducks home. Vasya began to call the ducks: “Ooty-ooty-ducks! The noses are wide, the paws are webbed! Stop dragging worms, pinching grass - it's time for you to go home. Ducks Vasya obeyed, went ashore, go home. (52 words) (according to K. Ushinsky)


  1. What did Vasya do on the beach?
  2. What kind of nose do ducks have?
  3. What did Vasya call the ducks?
  4. What did the ducks do?


Frost bound the earth.
Rivers and lakes are frozen. Everywhere lies white fluffy snow. Children are happy with winter. It's nice to ski on fresh snow. Matvey and Lera are playing snowballs. Andrei and Sasha are making a snowman. Only animals have a hard time in the winter cold. Birds fly closer to housing. Guys, help our little friends in winter. Make bird feeders! (55 words)


  1. Who is happy about winter?
  2. Who has it hard in winter?
  3. How can you help the birds?

Four butterflies
It was spring. The sun shone brightly. Flowers grew in the meadow. Four butterflies were flying above them: a red butterfly, a white butterfly, a yellow butterfly, and a green butterfly. Suddenly, a large black bird flew in. She saw butterflies and wanted to eat them. The butterflies got scared and sat on the flowers. A white butterfly sat on a chamomile. Red butterfly - on poppy. Yellow - on a dandelion, and green hid behind a leaf of a tree. A bird flew, flew, but did not see butterflies. (56 words)


  1. What butterflies were flying over the flowers?
  2. Why didn't the bird see butterflies?

If the child's reading technique is below the norm, then it is necessary to read a lot (which is very difficult with poor reading quality) and does not always bring results. It is better to use special techniques and exercises, because. The reasons for bad reading can be different.

Slow readers and children who are struggling to improve their reading speed can be helped by using syllabary reading or, much more effectively, by using an integrated approach that includes various professional techniques.

To do this, I suggest you use the books:


  • a ready-made tool for training reading and speed reading skills;
  • 200 syllabic tables of different levels of complexity;
  • professional spreadsheet technique.

The most effective methods will allow each table to be used repeatedly several times, increasing the child's interest in reading.

Working with these syllabic tables the child will receive:

  • improved reading skills;
  • increased reading speed;
  • improved diction;
  • reading comprehension;
  • development of thinking and attention;
  • vocabulary expansion;
  • increased self-confidence.

The child will stop stumbling over difficult words while reading. The reading process will become natural and painless.

You can easily print the pages you need. All pages of the book can be used separately.
THE BIG BOOK OF SAYLING CHARTS is suitable for those who are just taking their first steps in reading, and for those who want to significantly improve the quality of reading.

Syllabary charts help children develop speed reading skills. But it often happens that a child gets stuck at a reading speed of 10-20 words per minute. It is important to track this moment in time and start immediately performing the necessary exercises.

I have created a training that will help you overcome this barrier without much difficulty. It is convenient to use both at home and when working with the whole class. A variety of tasks will not let children get bored, and parents and teachers will not have to select the necessary material for a long time and torment children with an exhausting, incredibly difficult process at this stage - reading.

Download TRAINING "Speed ​​Reading and Speech Development"

Together with the training, you will receive a small book as a gift - 20 syllabic tables for practicing reading skills (they do not repeat the tables of a large book).

Reading texts grade 1 print with tasks


Naumova "Noisy texts for reading and retelling"

The skill of high-quality reading and writing depends on the state of visual perception and attention of the child.
The better the child recognizes visual images, the better he reads and writes more competently.

Working with noisy texts engages the child's brain as much as possible and greatly increases the productivity of classes. At the same time, there is a development of figurative thinking, attention, memory, the ability to understand what is read.

In the book you will find:
  • Noisy texts with questions;
  • Texts with questions for reading, retelling, checking reading technique;
  • Method of working with noisy texts;
  • High productivity options;
  • Exercises for developing speech and reading comprehension.

As a result, the child:
  • read speed increases;
  • attention and memory develop;
  • conscious reading skills are developed;
  • develop self-control skills;
  • speech develops;
  • the number of writing errors decreases;
  • the process of writing summaries and essays is facilitated;
  • improvement of educational performance.

Suitable for individual and group lessons.
Easy to print and use.

The Noisy Texts book series consists of three parts.
Texts differ in the number of words, complexity and degree of noise.
It is desirable to work on all three levels of difficulty.

Level 1

Number of words in texts 25-55. A simple noisemaker.


Level 2

Number of words in texts 35-75. Inclined skimmer.


Level 3

Number of words in texts 45-95. Complicated noise.



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Read speed test. Online simulator for developing reading speed and awareness skills in 2021!

Reading speed is an important indicator not only for schoolchildren, who regularly check it. It is very important for an adult in the modern world to be able to navigate in huge flows of information. A reading speed test will help you determine your current level and see if you need to work on improving this skill or if you are reading fluently enough.


1. How to check reading speed?
2. How can I check my reading speed myself?
3. How to test a child's reading speed?
4. What reading speed is considered normal for adults and children?
5. How to choose the right text to test reading speed?
6. The book "Everything you wanted to know about speed reading, but were afraid to ask"

How to check reading speed?

The easiest way is to take a stopwatch (you can use the application on your phone), a text to check your reading speed and read it at a normal pace for one minute. It is important that the text is non-technical, does not contain highly specialized terms and concepts, and is not familiar to the reader. The text should not be too primitive. The testee must see the text for the first time so that the results are not artificially inflated.

But what do you care about speed if you don't understand with what awareness you absorb the text? :)

A much better way to find out your reading speed is to take a free online test. To do this, sit back, enter your name in the form above, press the button and you will immediately see the text that you need to read, slowly, trying to understand everything that is written.

When the entire text is read - click on the button at the very bottom. The program will automatically determine the reading speed and prompt you to answer a few questions to understand the degree of assimilation of the material. As a result of testing, you will receive not only the result of your reading speed and awareness, but also recommendations for improving your reading technique in the format of the book "Everything you wanted to know about speed reading, but were afraid to ask. " Enter a name. Click the button and find out your real reading speed. Have a good day.

How can I check my reading speed myself?

We have prepared for you a tool with which you can independently check your reading speed. Our tool include a certain amount of text that you need to read as quickly as possible. You will then have the opportunity to answer a series of questions about the text, allowing the program to determine your level of understanding. Based on the data received, a result and a certificate are issued. This certificate can be shared with your friends on social networks and challenge them to a battle to test the speed and awareness of reading :).

If you want to do it yourself, you can do it according to the following scenario. A text of medium complexity is taken, located on one sheet. You will need an assistant who will keep track of the time and will be able to test the level of your understanding of the information. Check algorithm:

Simultaneously with the start command and the start of the stopwatch, you begin to silently read the text.

When the text is finished, you say stop - time stops.

Then you need to answer a few questions regarding the content (reading speed implies a full reading comprehension).

The last step is to count the words in the text and determine the average number of words per minute (words in the text can be counted before reading).

This is the certificate you can get after passing the test

How to check the reading speed of a child?

A child's reading speed can be tested in a similar way. The child should read aloud, at least in elementary school. Then you can switch to the usual way of checking for adults.

Schools often test reading skills by counting the number of words read per minute. This gives a small error, since words come in different sizes, but a similar verification method can also be used.

What reading speed is considered normal for adults and children?

The average reading speed for an adult is 200-230 words per minute. Below average, but an acceptable rate is 150-200 words per minute. Adults who read more than 230 words per minute are considered fast readers. For the speed reading technique, the optimal speed is 350-400 words per minute.

In children, the indicators are dynamic and change depending on age. Approximate norms used in elementary school:

20-30 words per minute for first grade;
45-60 words per minute for second grade;
70-85 words per minute for third grade;
90-125 wpm for fourth grade.

How to choose the right text to test reading speed?

The criteria for selecting text to test reading speed are identical for adults and children. The only difference is the volume and complexity of the information. The text must match the following parameters:

medium difficulty appropriate for age;
the absence of specific unfamiliar words or their minimum number;
no dialogs;
location on one page;
large, comfortable to read font;
lack of pictures and other distracting elements.

In our tool for testing reading speed and comprehension, we tried to take into account all these factors so that the resulting tool would be convenient for both adults and children. At the same time, he gave a fairly clear answer to the question about the real reading speed.

It should be remembered that reading speed is a variable parameter, which decreases if a person rarely sits down at a book, and increases with constant reading. There are many special techniques aimed at significantly increasing the speed of reading text information.

Everything you wanted to know about speed reading but were afraid to ask test. So don't waste a second,

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Reading speed test online - it's simple, convenient and fast

We have already written so much here about how to measure your reading speed correctly, achieve awareness and interpret the results, that every second of delay before you pass the online reading speed test and receive a personal certificate is just like death. Return to the very beginning of the page, enter your name in the field under the video and go to the enchanting world of unfamiliar texts and tricky questions :).

📖 Reading speed Q&A section

📕 What formula is used to calculate reading speed?

If it’s very short, then the formula for calculating the reading speed is as follows: V = (Q / T) x K. This formula allows you to get a real figure for reading speed with a correlation to the coefficient of meaningfulness. You can read more about the formula in this article .

📗 What books do you recommend reading for developing speed reading?

We have compiled a list of the most useful books for the development of speed reading and posted it as a separate post on the blog. The list is constantly updated and gives an idea of ​​the main books with which you can develop speed reading skills.

📘 What if I want to increase my reading speed?

You can start by studying the theory, or you can download our workbooks , which we have come up with especially for those who who wants to start learning speed reading. There are two of them: one notebook for adults, the second for children. Contains some theory and practical exercises designed for several weeks of regular classes.

📙 How to check a child's reading speed?

The reading speed test, which is located on our website, is suitable for both adults, as well as for children. We specifically tried to choose mostly literary texts that will be easy to read. to understand the child. Just go to the reading speed test page from the link above, enter child's name and start reading. Then the program will do everything for you.

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