ACCESS Tests

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 12th grade in WIDA Consortium member states.

Features

ACCESS is available in both paper-based and online formats for Grades 1-12, while Kindergarten and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs are paper-based tests. States and districts* can select a testing format to meet their unique needs and requirements.

*See your member/state page for any statewide 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

The assessments measure students' academic English language in four language domains: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing.

Purpose

The content of the assessments align with the five WIDA ELD Standards:

  • Social & Instructional Language
  • Language of Language Arts
  • Language of Mathematics
  • Language of Science
  • Language of Social Studies

Scores

Students' ACCESS scores reflect proficiency levels ranging from Level 1 (Entering) to Level 6 (Reaching). Alternate ACCESS for ELLs scores differ from the Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs, and the ACCESS for ELLs Online and Paper 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:

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        Assessments in the ACCESS for ELLs Suite

        Test Comparison

        Product Attributes ACCESS for ELLs Online ACCESS for ELLs Paper Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs Alternate ACCESS for ELLs
        Purpose
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        Summative
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        Summative
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        Summative
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        Summative
        Audience
        Audience
        U.S.
        Grades 1-12
        Audience
        U.S.
        Grades 1-12
        Audience
        U.S.
        Kindergarten
        Audience
        U.S.
        Grades 1-12
        Test Administration
        Individual
        Small Group
        Individual
        Small Group
        Speaking Domain - Individual
        Individual
        Individual
        Total Test Time 170 minutes 185 minutes 60 minutes 80 minutes
        Scoring
        Centrally
        Locally
        Centrally
        Locally
        Centrally
        Locally
        Centrally
        Score Type
        Chart
        Scale
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        Proficiency Level
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        Scale
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        Proficiency Level
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        Scale
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        Proficiency Level
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        Scale
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        Proficiency Level
        Score Reports
        Individual
        Roster
        School
        District
        State
        Individual
        Roster
        School
        District
        State
        Individual
        Roster
        School
        District
        State
        Individual
        Roster
        School
        District
        State
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        Online

        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.

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          Paper

          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.

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            Paper

            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.

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              Paper

              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. It is designed for ELLs who have disabilities that prevent them from meaningfully participating in ACCESS for ELLs Online or Paper.

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