English Reading

The Drumcondra Primary Reading Test – Revised (DPRT-R)

The DPRT-R is a set of standardised reading tests developed specifically for group administration in Irish primary schools.  The tests are divided into six Levels, each with parallel forms, and are designed for pupils at the end of First class through to the end of Sixth class.  (Teachers who want to assess younger pupils’ reading skills should use the DTEL.)  Originally developed in 1993, the DPRT was revised in 2006.  The revised tests reflect the aims and structure of the 1999 Primary School English Curriculum.  Test results from almost 18,000 pupils were used to develop Spring and Autumn norms for each Level of the test.

Summary Features of DPRT-R

Target class Parallel
Spring &
 1 End 1st / start 2nd

2 hrs
 2 End 2nd / start 3rd

2 hrs
 3 End 3rd / start 4th

95 min
 4 End 4th / start 5th

95 min
 5 End 5th / start 6th

95 min
 6 End 6th class

 Spring 95 min


Users are provided with standard scores, sten scores, and percentile ranks for each of Reading Comprehension,Reading Vocabulary, and Total Reading performance.  Levels 1 and 2 include an optional Word Analysis subtest.  In addition, users can put pupils’ scores on a test-wide scale.  If the DPRT-R is used across different class levels, teachers can monitor pupil development over several years.

Total testing time, including instructions, is 95 minutes for Levels 3 to 6, and approximately 2 hours for the core elements of Levels 1 and 2.  Levels 1 and 2 are for single-grade administration only, and all pupils enter their answers directly into the test booklet.  Levels 3 to 6 can be administered simultaneously to multi-grade classes, as they have identical directions, format and time limits. For Levels 3 to 6, teachers have the option of hand-scoring the answer sheets, or using our machine-scoring service.  (See How to Order for more details.)

Test users will shortly be able to purchase a computerised scoring programme. The programme will facilitate scoring and enable automatic generation of reports. As a result of Circular 0056/2011, an extra feature is being developed to support the reporting of aggregated test data to the Department of Education and Skills.