University of Houston-Victoria

Testing Services

Nelson-Denny Reading Assessment


Due to COVID-19 impacts, the Nelson-Denny is available online through UHV Testing Services. Exams are taken on CANVAS platform and are monitored by a live proctor via Microsoft TEAMS video chat application. Students need to verify system requirements and internet connection before registering for an online appointment. For hardware verification, visit To test your internet connection (upload/download 2 mbps minimum speed), visit CHROMEBOOKS cannot be used.

The day before your exam (Friday if you test on the following Monday) two notifications will be sent to your UHV email. One is your "course" enrollment from Canvas. Please follow any instructions in creating your Canvas account. The other notification will be for a "meeting" on Microsoft TEAMS. Join the meeting from the link in the email. Please use the Microsoft TEAMS application. THE WEB APP CANNOT BE USED FOR TESTING.



The Nelson-Denny Reading Test is a standardized reading assessment that converts reading ability into a grade-level equivalent in just 35 minutes. The Nelson-Denny includes two parts: Vocabulary and Comprehension. The first part of the test, Vocabulary, is made up of 80 to 100 multiple-choice items, each with five response options. The time allowed for the Vocabulary section is 15 minutes. The second part, Comprehension, requires students to read 5 to 8 passages and to respond to 36 to 38 multiple-choice questions based on the content of those passages. The time allowed for the Comprehension section is 20 minutes.



The UHV Testing Center offers the Nelson-Denny Reading Test only to UHV students seeking entrance in the School of Education's teaching program. To view available dates and register, visit  our RegisterBlast test registration website.



No Cell Phones Allowed

Cell phones, watches, and other electronic communication or photographic devices are prohibited in testing rooms. Possession or use of cell phones or other devices may result in dismissal from the testing room and the voiding of test score(s). If taking a standardized test (e.g., TExES/ExCET, MAT, or BTLPT), please read admission ticket and other registration materials carefully.

Note: Consult your admission ticket to learn the location of your exam.

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