WIDA MODEL for Kindergarten

WIDA MODEL for Kindergarten (Kindergarten MODEL) is a paper-based English language proficiency assessment administered individually to students in a game-like, interactive format. This on-demand assessment can be administered up to two times a year to monitor students’ progress.

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Grade 1
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Proficiency Level


Kindergarten MODEL provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their proficiency in each of the four language domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

Kindergarten MODEL is an individually administered, adaptive assessment designed to take approximately 45 minutes or less per student. Students are presented only with questions that the test administrator, based on the student’s response to questions in the previous level, has a reasonable expectation that the student will be able to understand and respond to.

The test is divided into two sections, each of which assesses all four language domains.

Test Administration Time

Time does not include convening students, material distribution, directions or embedded test practice.

45 minutes total test time

Test Administration

Kindergarten MODEL test kits contain all materials necessary to train test administrators and to deliver the assessment, including

  • A test administration manual that contains all the information needed to administer and score the test
  • A training USB that contains PowerPoint presentations that may be used to train test administrators as well as videos of a sample test administration
  • An activity board, storybook and set of cards to administer the test

The test administration materials in each kit are reusable. Additional student response booklets and score sheets are available for purchase in the WIDA Store.


Test administrators use the WIDA MODEL Score Calculator to calculate students’ scores and generate score reports for Kindergarten MODEL.

The WIDA MODEL Interpretive Guide for Score Reports Grades K-12 describes the scores reported for Kindergarten MODEL, including how to interpret proficiency level scores.