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Nelson-Denny Reading Test

The Nelson-Denny Reading Test assesses student achievement in vocabulary, comprehension, and reading rate.  The standard administration time for the exam is 35 minutes; the extended-time administration is 56 minutes.

 Important Information

  • No ID is required.
  • Calculators (including watches with built-in calculators), books, papers, or any reference materials are NOT permitted.
  • There is no break in the test time. Testers are NOT allowed to leave before the scheduled end time (except in the case of an emergency).
  • Any tester caught giving or receiving assistance will be asked to leave the test. The test will not be scored, and fees will not be refunded.
  • The OSU Testing Center only administers the computer-based version of the test.
  • Upon completion of the test, testers receive two copies of their score report.

Additional Resources

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