Researchers at Canterbury University have developed a test that can accurately predict how well a child will be reading by the end of their first year at school.
The researchers have devised a simple computer test which could predict a child's end of first year reading success with 92 percent accuracy.
The test could be used to identify pupils at risk of developing the language disorder dyslexia.
Pro Vice-Chancellor Gail Gillon says at least 15 percent of the population have some reading difficulties and it's estimated that five percent of New Zealand children suffer from dyslexia.
She says significant scientific advancements in understanding dyslexia have been made in recent years - but the gap between high risk populations and good readers does not appear to be closing.