The Accelerated Reader test evaluates language use, foundational skills, literature reading skills and informational text reading. Based on the test results, the software suggests titles of books that students at that level can read.
Foundational skills tests evaluate reading fluency, word recognition and the use of phonics. Students are rated according to their ability to read with comprehension. The Accelerated Reader language test assesses student’s acquisition and use of vocabulary. It tests multiple aspects including the use of synonyms, antonyms, word relationships and figures of speech.
Informational text reading is a comprehensive part of the test that evaluates the student’s understanding of a context and its application in real life. After reading a story, students are required to make inferences, comparisons, connections and relationships. They analyze styles of writing used and the modes of representation. In literature reading, students identify the plot, setting, theme and characters in the narrative. They further analyze word meaning, text structure, connotations and the author’s word choice.
The Accelerated Reader tests are computer adaptive and of high precision. Reading materials including textbooks and magazines are selected according to a student’s performance in the test. The Accelerated
Reader program is an effective way of monitoring student progress. Students, teachers and parents get to know the student’s performance at individual and group levels.