The Foundations of Reading Test, also known as the FoRT, is designed to assess a teacher’s proficiency and depth of understanding of students’ reading and writing development. The test reflects scientifically based reading research and is aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

The UWM School of Education offers multiple opportunities to help you prepare for this test. Our test prep courses can provide you with specific strategies for analyzing and answering FoRT questions, as well as practical advice for studying for this high-stakes test. We also provide a study app so you can practice on the go. Contact us for more details!

NEW FoRT Self-Paced Modules

Literacy instructors across the University of Wisconsin System offer a self-paced course designed to support participants’ understanding of the teaching of reading and engage in preparation work for the Foundations of Reading Test (FoRT 190). Registration and engagement in the course is free of charge.

This course has enabled open enrollment. Participants can self-enroll in the course using this link URL:

Get the App!

We know studying comes in a variety of forms, and sometimes you only have a minute or two for a quick review. Here’s where our FoRT ‘app’ comes in: use it at the bus stop, while waiting in line, at the coffee shop, or from your couch during commercials. Immerse yourself in all things FoRT!

Only have a few minutes? No problem! Answer just a few questions. Want to sit down and study for an extended time? Sounds great! No matter your preference, if your goal is to pass the FoRT, we want to help. Come on – give it a try!

Test Prep Support

UWM offers for-credit and non-credit options to prepare for this high-stakes test. Currently, UWM offers 8-week online classes each semester. There are two ways to register, depending on whether you’re a current UWM student or a community member.

Current UWM Students

In PAWS, sign up for CURRINS/EXCEDUC 377, which is a one-credit, pass/fail class. Refer to the UWM Schedule of Classes and look for either:

  • CURRINS 377 under “Curriculum and Instruction”
  • EXCEDUC 377 under “Exceptional Education”

Despite having different prefixes, these courses are identical. Make your choice based on whether you want a course from “Curriculum and Instruction” or a course from “Exceptional Education” to show on your transcript.

Community Members (not current UWM students)

The FoRT test prep course is offered in a non-credit option for community members. Refer to the School of Continuing Education Website for more information on workshop schedules, program costs, and cancellation/refund policies.

Note that enrollment in these courses is limited, and current UWM students receive priority. Confirmed registration is required prior to attending sessions.

Other Resources

We recognize there are other resources out there to help you prepare for the FoRT. Here some of our favorites:


For questions about the FoRT or our test preparation supports, please contact us at