The Placement Test

On starting Phonics Hero, your child will have the option to complete our Placement Test or to start at level 1. The Placement Test is designed to find the correct level for those who have already started learning to read.

assessment-optionsThis screen will appear when you first access the Phonics Hero games.

How Does it Work?

Firstly, it’s an independent test, which should be done without adult help (you can help with navigation but not with reading the words).

Your child will be taken through a series of activities asking them to read some nonsense words, e.g. ‘flet’ or ‘heg’. Nonsense words are used so that we can ensure the child is truly decoding and not ‘remembering’ real words they already know. The first set of nonsense words are made up from the sounds in level 1, if they answer correctly they proceed to a set of nonsense words made up from the sounds in level 2 and so on. The test will continue until the child gets 3 wrong and will then place the child at the corresponding level.

placement-testExample words used in the Phonics Hero Placement Test

The Placement Test will only take children as far as level 7; testing all 26 levels in one go would be very demanding for children! If level 7 is still too easy, parents can adjust their child’s level.

How Does My Child Access the Placement Test?

  1. Log in to your Phonics Hero account through the website or app.
  2. Click the blue ‘Start’ or ‘Play Games’ button next to the child’s name.
  3. In the window that opens, click the green ‘Take the Placement Test’ button. If your child is completely new to phonics, they can simply start at the beginning by clicking the yellow button.


Is the Level Right?

It’s so important that children get started on the right level; if, at any point, it’s too easy they’ll get bored, and if it’s too hard they’ll become disheartened and unmotivated. If the Placement Test was missed, or the level the child is currently working on is not right, you can change the level for your child.

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