WIDA Screener Online

WIDA Screener Online is an English language proficiency assessment given to new students in grades 1–12 to help educators identify whether they are English language learners (ELLs). It is available for free to WIDA Consortium members.

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Grades 1-12
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Proficiency Level

Preparing for and Administering WIDA Screener Online

Log in to the WIDA Secure Portal for the Quick Start Guide, supporting documents, and the WIDA Screener Online: Administration training course.

If you are a first-time test administrator or district test coordinator, please visit your state's member page for state-specific instructions on how to get your WIDA Secure Portal account set up.

If you are a returning test administrator or district test coordinator and you are having trouble signing in to the WIDA Secure Portal, please contact the WIDA Client Services Center.

Test Administration Times*

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

Up to 15 minutes


Up to 15 minutes


Up to 25 minutes


Up to 25 minutes

80 minutes total test time

*Times will vary based on a student's proficiency level.


The online test platform automatically scores the Listening and Reading domains during administration. A trained local rater scores the Speaking and Writing domains. To become a trained rater and score responses, you must complete the Speaking and/or Writing training course for the relevant grade clusters and pass the appropriate quizzes.

Using Screener Scores

Score reports provide proficiency level scores in seven categories: the four domains (Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing) and three composite areas (Oral Language, Literacy, Overall). Composite scores are created from two or more domain scores.

Proficiency level scores are interpretive scores. The scores describe student performance in terms of the six WIDA English language proficiency levels:

Entering > Emerging > Developing > Expanding > Bridging > Reaching

If a student is identified as an ELL, proficiency level scores from WIDA Screener can be used by educators to plan differentiated levels of support for each child.

For further explanation of proficiency levels, scores and how they connect, refer to the WIDA Screener Interpretive Guide.

WIDA Screener Interpretive Guide for Score Reports


QuickStart Guide for Administering WIDA Screener Online

1. Complete assessment training and review manuals.

Educators must complete the WIDA Screener Online: Administration training course and review the Test Administration Manual scoring student responses, you must complete the Speaking and Writing scoring courses.

2. Get additional training from WIDA as needed.

WIDA offers workshops and webinars to help educators understand how to administer WIDA Screener Online.

Visit the Assessment Training Workshops page for a listing of WIDA Screener workshops.

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

Plan and collaborate with technology coordinators to consider all factors necessary for a successful and positive online testing experience.

Technology Coordinator Resources

4. Set up your test sessions in WIDA AMS.

In order to participate in WIDA Screener Online, students must be added to WIDA AMS and placed into test sessions. You may add students and create test sessions independently, or add students to an existing test session.

Log in to WIDA AMS 

5. Administer the assessment.

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

See the WIDA Screener Online: Administration Course Resources page in the WIDA Secure Portal for the following test materials, and more:

  • Test Administrator's Scripts
  • Student Response Booklets
  • Writing Prompts
  • Writing Anchor Papers

6. Score student responses.

WIDA Screener Online will score the Listening and Reading domains automatically. Speaking and Writing responses must be scored locally by a certified test administrator who has successfully completed the Speaking and Writing scoring courses.

Log in to WIDA AMS to retrieve student scores.

Use the Speaking Scoring Scale to rate students’ speaking responses
Use the Writing Scoring Scale to rate students’ written responses

7. Generate score reports.

Student score reports are available on-demand after scoring takes place. Most responses are available to score within 15 minutes, but may take up to two hours.

Watch the Accessing Score Reports video in the WIDA Screener Online: Administration training course for more information.

Refer to the Test Administration Manual for step-by-step instructions on generating score reports.

Resources for Educators

Standards for the classroom that align with WIDA Screener
Can Do Descriptors that highlight what multilingual learners can do.
Examining the Relationship Between the WIDA Screener and ACCESS for ELLs Assessments
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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 a WIDA Screener Online workshop.


View technology requirements and access additional documentation.