ACCESS for ELLs Paper
ACCESS for ELLs Paper (ACCESS Paper) is a paper-based, semi-adaptive test that may be administered in group or individual settings. This assessment is given annually to students in grades 1-12.
ACCESS Paper meets U.S. federal requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for monitoring and reporting ELs’ progress toward English language proficiency. It tests students' language in the four domains: Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing.
States may choose to offer only ACCESS Paper, while others offer both formats (paper and online).
- ACCESS Paper is available for situations where a student is unable to test online.
- This assessment is administered to groups of students in one tier and grade-level cluster.
- The Speaking domain is administered individually and scored by the test administrator.
- The Listening, Reading and Writing domains are scored by WIDA's test delivery partner.
Test Administration Times*
Up to 70 minutes
Up to 60 minutes
Up to 45 minutes
Up to 80 minutes
255 minutes total test time
Preparing for ACCESS
An overview of what’s involved in preparing to administer ACCESS for ELLs, as well as suggestions to help you get your students ready for testing.
Accessibility and Accommodations
Guidance for supporting students with disabilities taking ACCESS for ELLs. Helpful for test administrators and IEP teams.
ACCESS Scores and Reports
An overview of how ACCESS for ELLs tests are scored and how scores can be used. Helpful for test administrators, EL educators, and school, district and state administrators.
Building a WIDA Assessment
Discover what it takes to make a high quality assessment and learn how you can get involved.