WIDA MODEL Online is a computer-based, semi-adaptive English language proficiency assessment for students in grades 1-12. This on-demand assessment can be administered up to two times a year to monitor students’ progress. Scores from WIDA MODEL Online can be used to predict student performance on ACCESS for ELLs.

Internationally, WIDA MODEL Online scores can be interpreted in terms of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) levels.

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Grades 1-12
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WIDA MODEL Online provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their English language proficiency in the four language domains: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Each of these domains is assessed separately. All four domain tests are delivered online and facilitated through the online test administration platform.

WIDA MODEL Online offers a number of advantages:

  • Reduces the administration workload for test administrators and testing sites
  • Allows for larger group administrations of Listening, Writing and Reading tests
  • Eliminates the need for ordering, shipping and managing printed materials
  • Calculates scores automatically, and provides a variety of score reports
  • Individual score reports are available in eleven languages to share with parents and guardians
  • Includes some refreshed content with a greater use of international themes so that prompts are more relevant to students worldwide

Test Administration Times

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

Up to 25 minutes


Up to 30 minutes


Up to 15 minutes


Up to 30 minutes

100 minutes total test time

Test Administration

The Test Administrator Interface (TAI) is the online test management and administration system for WIDA MODEL Online. A test administrator uses the TAI for training, test administration and accessing student test data and reports. Test sessions are set up and managed through the TAI.

The WIDA MODEL Online Speaking domain test is individually administered from the TAI. The other domain tests – Listening, Writing and Reading – may be administered in a group format from the Secure Student Browser that has been installed on devices designated for testing.


WIDA MODEL Online reports student results as soon as all four domains have been completed and test administrators have entered the Final Writing Score. Results can be viewed in the TAI, or summarized on downloadable score reports. The WIDA MODEL Interpretive Guide for Score Reports Grades K-12 describes the scores reported for WIDA MODEL, including how to interpret scale scores and proficiency level scores.


Quick Start Guide for WIDA MODEL Online

1. Learn your state or local requirements and confirm which WIDA MODEL format you’re administering.

Each member state or school chooses the type of WIDA assessment it uses to identify English learners or to monitor their progress. Find out what options are available to you.

Educators in WIDA Consortium member states should view their member/state page for state-specific information about WIDA MODEL, including the Identification and Placement Guidance document.

International/independent school educators should contact their site coordinator.

2. Visit the WIDA Store to purchase MODEL Online.

Once purchased, test administrators will have access to the Test Administrator Interface (TAI) for online test management and administration.

WIDA Store

3. Complete assessment training and review manuals.

Educators must review the MODEL Online training materials before giving the test. All training materials are located in the TAI via the training section of the site.

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4. Get additional training from WIDA as needed.

WIDA offers both in-person and virtual facilitator-led training to support educators in understanding how to administer WIDA MODEL. (Registration fees apply.)

Learn More and Register

5. Make sure you have the right technology available for students to take the assessment.

Plan and collaborate with technology staff at your school or district to consider all factors necessary for a successful and positive online testing experience. This system is made up of the following components:

Test Administrator Interface (TAI): a web-based interface used to perform administrative functions for the online system. This does not require any installation – just an up-to-date web browser.

Secure Student Browser: a secure browser that delivers online assessments to students. This requires a software install on each local student testing device. 

Email MetriTech Customer Service at ModelSupport@metritech.com

6. Set up your test sessions in the Test Administrator Interface.

In order to participate in WIDA MODEL Online, students must be added to the TAI, assigned test forms, and added to test sessions.

Log in to WIDA MODEL to view the TAI Guide

7. Administer the assessment.

Gather your headsets, devices and materials and you’re ready to test. With thorough training and careful preparation, test administrators will be ready to deliver a reliable and positive testing experience.