Overview: the below table describes the different phonics skills found in Literably's foundational skills assessment. Further information about these skills can be found at the bottom of this article.
Displayed word or letter
|Affixes||A suffix or prefix attached to a stem.||Read the word on the screen out loud.||
|Blends||Two or three letters at the beginning or end of a word. Every sound represented in a blend is pronounced, if only briefly.||Read the word on the screen out loud.||twig|
|Consonant Vowel Consonant||A letter sequence in a word (C-V-C).||Now let's try this one!||
|Digraphs||Two letters that represent one sound.||Now let's try this.||fish|
|Inflectional Ending||Suffixes that change the verb tense or number of a word.||Let's try this!||foxes|
|Letter Names||The label or title for a letter.||Look at the letter. What is the name of this letter?||b|
|Letter Sounds||The sound or phoneme that corresponds to the letter or spelling.||Look at the letter. What sound does this letter make?||h|
|Multisyllabic||A word with more than one unit of sound represented by multiple vowels.||Now try this one!||gumball|
|R Controlled Vowel||The modified sound of a vowel when followed by an 'r.'||What about this one?||bark|
|Vowel Consonant E||A letter sequence at the end of a word which usually signals a long vowel sound.||Read the word on the screen out loud.||poke|
- During each phonics screener we typically ask students 20-30 questions, incorporating the skills above. Custom phonics assessments may include fewer questions.
- Students can be asked non-words and words to assess proficiency with particular skills.
- The average length of time it takes to complete each assessment is 5 minutes.
Non-words display to students with the expected grapheme-phoneme correspondences; they would see "disbave".