Rate of Reading Test: its reliability, and its validity in the assessment of the effects of coloured overlays

Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 1996 Nov;16(6):491-7.


A simple reading test that can be undertaken by disabled readers is described. The test is suitable for use in the optometric clinic, taking less than 2 minutes to administer per passage. Test-retest scores are acceptably reliable. The test reveals increases in the speed of reading when coloured overlays are used both (1) in children who have made long-term use of coloured overlays for reading, and (2) in children who will subsequently do so.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Color*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Learning Disabilities / diagnosis*
  • Learning Disabilities / therapy*
  • Male
  • Optometry / methods
  • Reading*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Time Factors