Group Reading Assessment & Diagnostic Evaluation

GRADE provides educators with a diagnostic, group-administered test that measures reading competency in the core areas of word reading, sentence comprehension, word meaning, passage comprehension, vocabulary, and listening comprehension for children, adolescents, and adults. An online edition is available starting at Grade 2, and the GRADE Resource Library provides stimulating activities, worksheets, and book lists to help provide targeted instructional interventions—linked to the assessment—at any level. GRADE and GRADE Online are the most current versions of GRADE. See our Guidance on using this assessment remotely.

Effective 7/31/24, Pearson is retiring the GRADE. Please contact us for other assessment options!

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Building Reading Success Complete Set (Print)
0785446389 Qualification Level A




Age range:
GRADE Online: Grades 2-12, Adult; GRADE: PreK-12, Adult
Stanines, Percentiles, Grade Equivalents, Age Equivalents, Standard Scores, Norm Curve Equivalents, and Growth Scale Values
Qualification level:


Completion time:
50-90 minutes
GRADE Online: Online; GRADE: Full Battery, Paper/Pencil
GRADE Online: 10 Levels with two parallel forms for each level;
GRADE: 8 Levels with two parallel forms for each level

Scoring options:
GRADE Online: Online Scoring and Reporting; GRADE: Hand Scoring

Norm-Referenced Fall and Spring, Grade-based
Guidance on using this test in your telepractice


License Window Use of Purchase is the School Year (8/1 - 7/31). All licenses expire on 7/31 each school calendar year. Licenses DO NOT ROLL OVER.

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A minimum order charge of $300.00 is required if you are purchasing this online product for the first time. Submit a request to place your order and set up your CAP online testing account.

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One price per student subscription, per school year for unlimited ONLINE forms.

The per student license subscription enables you to test the same student as many times as needed during the school year (between August 1 and July 31).

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Product Details

GRADE and GRADE Online help determine which developmental reading skills students have mastered and where they need instruction or intervention.


  • Enable timely administration (including whole group administration with GRADE), instruction, and intervention with real-time scoring that provides immediate results.
  • Track student growth with two parallel forms and Growth Scale Values (GSVs).
  • Communicate assessment data in a variety of meaningful ways with four group reports and four individual student reports.
  • Move through the assessment cycle easily and quickly to show progress using related products that provide focused instruction.
  • Meet eligibility requirements for Title I funding.
  • Use as part of an RTI program to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses for struggling students so that appropriate targeted instructional interventions can be created.


The GRADE Resource Library, an extensive CD collection, includes stimulating activities, worksheets, and book lists correlated to all GRADE items. It also includes six subtests that measure literacy competency:

  • Word Reading
  • Sentence Comprehension
  • Word Meaning
  • Passage Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Listening Comprehension

Sample Reports

GRADE and GRADE Online flexible reporting capabilities give teachers a detailed analysis at the individual and classroom level.

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The following resources are available for GRADE.


The following resources are available for GRADE Online.



When will GRADE/GMADE retire?

Effective July 31, 2024, Pearson is discontinuing the sale of GRADE and GMADE assessments. You can keep using GRADE and GMADE for the rest of this school year and we'll support you all the way up to July 31. Before this takes place, we recommend transitioning to aimswebPlus™ , which offers evaluation and progress monitoring of your students’ core math and reading skills on one platform and is accessible from any web-enabled device.

I received a letter stating that all GRADE/GMADE content had been moved to aimswebPlus™. Does that mean I can continue testing GRADE/GMADE if I buy aimswebPlus?

No; the GRADE/GMADE content has been provided to the aimswebPlus team, but this does not mean all GRADE/GMADE content has been selected for use or added to live edition of aimswebPlus. Additionally, content from GRADE/GMADE that has been added to aimswebPlus is not distinguishable or labeled as GRADE/GMADE.

What will happen to my data?

Customers who do not transition for the 24-25 school year will have 90 days after 8/1 to export their data before it is purged. Once the purge happens, data sets are NOT retrievable.