Learn what early learning development areas the online test assesses and how it measures a child's strengths and weaknesses.
Once the test is purchased, an email is sent from Bolster Learning Systems with a screening code and a link to WELL. The characters, Trip and Click, instruct and guide the child through the entire screening.
The child takes the test using a computer or tablet connected to the Internet. The adult giving the test connects to a simple Scoring Form online using a smart phone, tablet, or computer. Some subtests are scored automatically. Others require the helper to check a box next to every answer the child says correctly. The Scoring Form shows you exactly what the child must say. After taking the test and submitting the Scoring Form, the results section appears instantly detailing the child’s learning profile along with links to Next Steps: games, learning materials, and help finding the right professional to consult in any skill area identified as a weakness to bolster.
The WELL Screening is an online assessment designed to identify children at risk for speech, language, and learning disorders. Areas of screening include:
Understanding and processing language when listening and reading
Retrieving and formulating language when speaking and writing
Using verbal and nonverbal communication in various social contexts
Learning letter names and their sounds, rhyming, and sound play
Blending sounds into words (decoding) with fluency and comprehension
Maintaining focus and regulating behavior to learn and store information
Counting, grouping objects, and calculating simple math facts and operations
Speech Sound Production
Producing speech sounds that are appropriate for age and dialect
The WELL screening identifies key kindergarten skills and can be administered to children:
On average, it takes about 20 minutes to complete the screening. The child may need more or less time depending on his/her capabilities. Let the child determine the pace of the assessment.
The child’s performance is compared to normative research and grade norms and placed into one of three categories: A Strength to Celebrate, On Track, or a Weakness to Bolster. A Weakness to Bolster may simply indicate that more exposure to a skill area(s) is needed. If the child performs below expectations on three or more subtests of the Well screening, enrichment in these areas should be initiated and further testing should be considered if there are concerns.