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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    Grades 1-12
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    Proficiency Level

    ACCESS Online meets U.S. federal requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for monitoring and reporting ELLs’ progress toward English language proficiency.

    States may choose to offer only ACCESS Paper, while others offer both formats (paper and online).


    • Routes students to easier or more challenging content based on their performance; educators do not need to place students into difficulty tiers prior to the test
    • Allows for increased student engagement
    • Includes built-in accessibility and accommodation features to fit individual students' needs
    • Can be administered to groups of students in various grades and at different proficiency levels at the same time
    • Ensures standardized, reliable scoring; all domains are centrally scored at DRC by trained raters
    • Scores from ACCESS Online can be used to inform instruction and monitor progress of English language learners (ELLs) in a school or district.

    Test Administration Times*

    Times do not include convening students, material distribution, directions or embedded test practice.

    Up to 35 minutes


    Up to 40 minutes


    Up to 30 minutes


    Up to 65 minutes

    170 minutes total test time

    *Times will vary based on tier.
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    Preparing to Administer ACCESS

    An overview of what’s involved in preparing for and administering ACCESS for ELLs. Helpful for Test Administrators and District Test Coordinators.

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    Preparing Students for ACCESS

    Suggestions to help you get your Grades 1-12 students ready for ACCESS for ELLs testing. Helpful for Test Administrators and ELL educators.

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    Accessibility and Accommodations

    Guidance for supporting students with disabilities taking ACCESS for ELLs. Helpful for Test Administrators and IEP teams.

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    ACCESS Scores and Reports

    An overview of how ACCESS for ELLs tests are scored and how scores can be used. Helpful for Test Administrators, ELL educators, and school, district and state administrators.

    Resources for Educators

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    Standards for the classroom that align with ACCESS for ELLs
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    Can Do Descriptors that highlight what multilingual learners can do
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    Professional learning that helps you better understand ACCESS for ELLs
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    Get resources specific to your state

    State-specific contact information and additional testing resources, including the ACCESS for ELLs Checklist, for WIDA Consortium members.

    Submit State Selection

    Looking for in-person training?

    We offer ACCESS for ELLs Test Administrator workshops.


    View technology requirements and access additional documentation.

    Ready to get started?

    Log in to the WIDA Secure Portal to learn how to administer this assessment.