QuickStart Guide for Administering WIDA Screener Online


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 a webinar to help educators understand how to administer WIDA Screener Online.

View the WIDA Screener Online webinar (WIDA Secure Portal account required)

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.