WIDA provides a flexible suite of tests because we know that no single test is suitable for all students
ACCESS for ELLs (ACCESS) is the collective name for WIDA's suite of summative English language proficiency assessments. ACCESS is taken annually by English language learners in Kindergarten through Grade 12 in WIDA Consortium member states.
ACCESS is available in both paper-based and online formats for Grades 1-12, while Kindergarten and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs are both paper-based tests. States and districts* can select a testing format to meet their unique needs and requirements.
*See your member/state page for state-specific testing requirements.
Each ACCESS assessment includes:
- On-demand Test Administrator training
- Downloadable manuals and resources
- Online material management and test coordination
- Online delivery of individual student score reports
Purpose and Use
The assessments measure students' academic English language in four language domains: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing.
The content of the assessments aligns with the five WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards:
- Social & Instructional Language
- Language of Language Arts
- Language of Mathematics
- Language of Science
- Language of Social Studies
Students' ACCESS scores reflect proficiency levels ranging from Level 1 (Entering) to Level 6 (Reaching).
Alternate ACCESS for ELLs scores differ from those of other ACCESS assessments. Please see the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Scores and Reports page for details.
Educators use ACCESS results, along with other WIDA resources, to make decisions about students' English academic language and to facilitate their language development. WIDA offers many resources to aid in educators' decision-making, including:
ACCESS for ELLs Online
ACCESS for ELLs Online (ACCESS Online) is a computer-based, adaptive test that responds to student performance and may be administered in group or individual settings. This assessment is given annually to students in Grades 1-12. It tests students' language in four domains: Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing.
ACCESS for ELLs Paper
ACCESS for ELLs Paper (ACCESS Paper) is a paper-based test that allows teachers to place students into tiers based on their language proficiency level and may be administered in group or individual settings. This assessment is given annually to students in Grades 1-12. It tests students' language in four domains: Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing.
Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs
Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs (Kindergarten ACCESS) is a paper-based test individually administered to Kindergarten students in a game-like interactive format. This assessment is given annually to English language learners (ELLs) to measure their English language proficiency in four domains: Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing.
Alternate ACCESS for ELLs
Alternate ACCESS for ELLs (Alternate ACCESS) is a large-print, paper-based test individually administered to students in Grades 1-12 who are identified as English language learners (ELLs) with significant cognitive disabilities. Alternate ACCESS is intended for ELLs with significant cognitive disabilities who participate, or who would be likely to participate, in their state's alternate content assessment(s).