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.

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    Grades 1-12
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    Proficiency Level

    ACCESS Paper meets U.S. federal requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for monitoring and reporting ELLs’ 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 the test vendor.

    Test Administration Times*

    Times include convening students, material distribution, directions or embedded test practice. These are estimates provided for scheduling and planning purposes.

    Up to 70 minutes


    Up to 60 minutes


    Up to 45 minutes


    Up to 80 minutes

    255 minutes total test time

    *Times will vary based on tier.
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    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.


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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.

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    Building a WIDA Assessment

    Discover what it takes to make a high quality assessment and learn how you can get involved.

    Resources for Educators

    Standards for the classroom that align with ACCESS for ELLs
    Can Do Descriptors that highlight what multilingual learners can do
    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 for WIDA Consortium members.

    Submit State Selection

    Looking for in-person training?

    We offer an ACCESS for ELLs Paper Test Administrator workshop.

    Ready to get started?

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

    Predict student performance on ACCESS for ELLs

    WIDA MODEL is an interim assessment that can provide insight into how students will perform on ACCESS for ELLs.