WIDA MODEL Paper is an English Language proficiency assessment for students in Grades 1-12. As a flexible, on-demand assessment, this test can be administered at any time during the school year, depending on the needs of the district, school, teacher or student. Scores from WIDA MODEL Paper can be used to predict student performance on ACCESS for ELLs.

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Grades 1-12
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Proficiency Level


WIDA MODEL Paper 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 face-to-face between Test Administrators and students. The Speaking and Listening tests are individually administered while the Reading and Writing tests may be administered individually or in small groups.

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

WIDA MODEL Paper 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
  • PowerPoint presentations that may be used to train Test Administrators
  • A DVD that provides guidance for test administration as well as footage of test administration.


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

WIDA MODEL Interpretive Guide for Score Reports


QuickStart Guide for WIDA MODEL Paper

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 language 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 school educators should contact their Site Coordinator.

2. Visit the WIDA Store to purchase MODEL Paper.

Your MODEL Paper test kit contains all materials needed for Test Administrator training and assessment delivery. 

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3. Complete assessment training and review manuals.

Before giving the test, educators need to view the Training CD-ROM and/or DVD provided in the kit, and review the Test Administrator Manuals.

4. Get additional training from WIDA as needed.

WIDA offers a variety of workshops and webinars to support educators in understanding how to administer WIDA MODEL.

WIDA offers a WIDA MODEL Paper Test Administrator workshop.

Learn More and Register

International School Consortium members can view a WIDA MODEL Overview Webinar in the International Secure Portal.

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5. Administer the assessment.

Gather your pencils 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.

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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 additional training?

We offer a WIDA MODEL Paper Test Administrator webinar.


Visit the WIDA Store to purchase WIDA MODEL for your school(s).

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.