About the Exam
The Knowledge and Practice Examination for Effective Reading Instruction (KPEERI), formerly the Certification Examination for Effective Reading Instruction (CEERI), measures an educator’s knowledge of the principles and practices of Structured Literacy™.

Structured Literacy™ is an approach to reading instruction that is beneficial for both general education students at risk for reading difficulties due to a variety of factors (e.g. low socio-economic status, status as an English learner) and for students with disabilities.

This approach is characterized by the provision of systematic, explicit instruction that integrates listening, speaking, reading and writing and emphasizes the structure of language across the speech sound system (phonology), the writing system (orthography), the structure of sentences (syntax), the meaningful parts of words (morphology), the relationships among words (semantics), and the organization of spoken and written discourse. General information related to the exam can be found in the KPEERI Handbook which is available HERE.

Exam Structure
The KPEERI exam was developed under the guidance of Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP), with the input of 1,200 educators.  The exam is computer-based and consists of 110 multiple-choice questions consisting of the following types:

  • Recall (34%)
  • Application (48%)
  • Analysis (18%)

Preparing for the Exam
For examples of question types and a detailed exam content outline to reference when preparing for the exam, please click HERE.

To prepare for the exam using the free online Reading Rockets modules, please visit

Here, you will find nine course modules that include in-depth information, classroom strategies, assignments and additional resources on the building blocks of teaching reading and writing. The online Reading Rockets course is made available in part by a grant from LDNetwork.

You may also find additional resources for preparing for the exam on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Exam Locations
The KPEERI exam is administered by Scantron which provides numerous testing facilities across the United States, Canada and around the world.

Visit Scantron for a list of cities which host testing facilities. Specific address information will be provided when a candidate schedules an examination appointment.

An example test demonstrating what taking an exam through Scantron’s system is like can be found on their website HERE.

Exam Fees
An administrative fee of $150.00 as well as a $15.00 processing fee must be submitted along with a complete application to apply and sit for the exam. Applicants wishing to take the exam at a testing facility outside of the United States and Canada are also subject to an additional $65.00 International Testing surcharge. This surcharge is paid directly to Scantron when scheduling the exam at an international location via secure e-commerce (credit card).

Special Arrangements for Candidates with Disabilities
Scantron will provide reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities. Please contact Scantron at (800) 722-6876 with inquiries and requests.

Following the Examination
After completing the examination, candidates are asked to answer a short evaluation of their examination experience. Then, candidates are instructed to report to the proctor to receive their examination completion report.

If You Pass the Examination
If you pass the examination, your scores will automatically be sent by Scantron to CERI.

If You Do Not Pass the Examination
If you do not pass the examination, you may reapply to take the exam after a 30-day waiting period.

Contact Scantron with Exam Questions
You may contact Scantron toll-free at (800) 722-6876 with any questions pertaining to the exam.