Wide Range Achievement Test, Fifth Edition (WRAT5™)

Wide Range Achievement Test, Fifth Edition (WRAT5™)


The Wide Range Achievement Test Fifth Edition (WRAT5) provides an accurate and easy-to-administer way to assess and monitor the reading, spelling, and math skills, and helps identify possible learning disabilities.

The Wide Range Achievement Test Fifth Edition (WRAT5) provides an accurate and easy-to-administer way to assess and monitor the reading, spelling, and math skills, and helps identify possible learning disabilities.


Gary S. Wilkinson, PhD, Gary J. Robertson, PhD


The WRAT5 measures and monitors fundamental reading, spelling, and math skills

Age Range:

Individuals 5–85+


Paper and pencil or Q-interactiveⓇ

Scoring Option:

Hand scoring, Q-globalⓇ or Q-interactiveⓇ

Completion Time:

Approximately 15-25 minutes for ages 5–7 and 35–45 minutes for ages 8 and up

Publication Date:


Measure foundational academic with the WRAT5

The WRAT5 provides an accurate and easy-to-administer way to assess and monitor the reading, spelling, and math skills in people aged 5–85+ and helps identify possible learning disabilities.

WRAT5 Benefits:

  • Test learners of all ages using the same assessment
  • Screen individuals or small groups (with some subtests) to help identify those requiring a more comprehensive academic achievement evaluation
  • Administer only the subtests that are needed
  • Administer with paper and pencil or digitally with Q-interactive
  • Digitally score and report using Q-global

WRAT5 Features:

  • Efficient completion time—test can be completed in as little as 15 minutes for younger children and as little as 30 minutes for older children and adults
  • Simple administration rules and clear scoring guidelines, contributing to accurate and timely data
  • Grade-based start points, simple reversal rules, and clear discontinue rules

What’s new in WRAT5

The WRAT5 is upgraded with data reflecting current populations based on recent census information. Updates include:

  • Improved identification of learning disabilities
  • Streamlining of rules
  • Digital administration, scoring, and reporting
  • Subtest improvements

WRAT5 Test Structure

The WRAT5 provides scoring and reporting for four subtests:

  • Word Reading measures untimed letter identification and word recognition. The examinee reads aloud a list of letters/words
  • Sentence Comprehension measures the ability to identify the meaning of words and to comprehend the ideas and information in a sentence using an untimed modified cloze procedure. Each item requires the examinee to read (aloud or silently) a sentence with a word missing, and then say the word that best completes the sentence
  • Spelling measures an individual’s ability to write letters and words from dictation without a time limit
  • Math Computation measures an individual’s ability to count, identify numbers, solve simple oral math problems, and calculate written math problems with a time limit. Problems are presented in a range of domains, including arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and advanced operations
  • Reading Composite score is created by combining the Word Reading and Sentence Comprehension standard scores

WRAT5 and Wide Range are trademarks of Wide Range, Inc.

Now available on Q-interactive!

Try digital testing free for 30 days! Learn more

  • WRAT-5 Informational Webinar

    A short informational webinar providing an overview, administration and scoring options and other features and benefits of the WRAT5.

    View the Webinar


Pre-recorded Webinars

  • WRAT5 on Q-interactive

    Presenter: Gloria Maccow, PhD, HSP-P and Jarett Lehner

    WRAT5 is now available on Q-interactive! Join Dr. Gloria Maccow and Jarett Lehner as they provide insights on the enhancements to the WRAT5 including digital administration, improved identification of learning disabilities, streamlining of rules, and subtest improvements. Bring your questions as there will be time for a Q&A session.

    Date: Jan 29, 2018

  • WRAT-5: Overview and Applications

    Presenter: Adam Scheller, PhD

    This will be a one hour webinar focused on an overview of the new edition of WRAT, including a discussion about applications in practice.

    Date: Aug 29, 2017

    pdf PDF: WRAT-5: Overview and Applications


Frequently asked questions follow. Click on a question to see the response.

  • How is the WRAT5 different from the previous edition?
  • Is there training available on the WRAT5?
  • What are the scoring options for the WRAT5?
  • What are the administration options for the WRAT5?
  • Do I still need to purchase any paper forms when I use Q-interactive with the WRAT5?
  • Can I get access to any digital content for the WRAT5?

Benefits of WRAT5 on Q-interactive

  • Create custom batteries by combining subtests from the WRAT5 with ability measures such as the WISC-V.
  • Engage children by displaying stimuli on the iPad
  • Standardize administration with automated basal and ceiling rules.
  • Automatically generate score reports, including ability-achievement discrepancy and patterns of strengths and weaknesses analyses with the WISC-V and WASI-II.
  • Obtain scaled scores immediately after finishing a subtest, to increase speed and accuracy.
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