The Kindergarten WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test (Kindergarten W-APT) is an English language proficiency screener given to incoming Kindergarteners to identify English language learners (ELLs). The Kindergarten W-APT is available at no cost to WIDA Consortium and WIDA International School Consortium members.
Purpose and Use
Kindergarten W-APT can assist educators in making decisions about whether incoming Kindergarteners would benefit from English language support services. The Kindergarten W-APT does not assign scores across the full range of WIDA English Language Proficiency Levels 1-6. Instead, scores for Speaking and Listening are marked as showing low, mid, high, or exceptional proficiency. Scoring details can be found in the Kindergarten W-APT Test Administration Manual and on the scoring sheets.
Listening and Speaking Tests should be taken by students entering:
1st semester Kindergarten
Reading and Writing tests (in addition to Listening and Speaking tests) should only be taken by students entering:
2nd semester Kindergarten
1st semester Grade 1
While WIDA provides this general guidance, please consult state policy for specific guidelines on which domains to administer.
Test Preparation and Administration
WIDA provides resources to help educators prepare for and administer Kindergarten W-APT. Tests must be carefully scheduled to make sure students have enough time, space and resources needed for the assessment. The WIDA Secure Portal contains a quick start guide for administering Kindergarten W-APT.
If you are a first-time Test Administrator (TA) or District Test Coordinator (DTC), please visit your state’s member page for state-specific instructions on how to get your account set up. If you are a returning TA or DTC and you are having trouble signing in to the WIDA Secure Portal, please contact the WIDA Client Services Center (see below).
Test Administration Time
30 minutes total test time