What Are the AR Book Reading Levels?

The Accelerated Reader book reading levels represent the difficulty of the text in a book and are equal to grade levels from one to 11. Additionally, the decimal numerals of an AR reading level pinpoint the number of months into a grade, to describe a text’s difficulty. An AR reading level of 3.2, for example, indicates reading skills typical of a third grader in the second month of the school year.

The Accelerated Reader program uses computer software to track students’ reading levels based on independent reading practice. A student selects a book at the appropriate reading level and takes a short, 10-question quiz on the computer program after completing it. This process allows parents and teachers to measure reading comprehension and determine if the student’s assigned reading level is appropriate. Typically, a student’s initial reading level is either the product of the STAR reading test or the judgment of the student’s teacher.

As students read, they accumulate points. Each AR-approved book has a corresponding point value that students can receive if they successfully complete the reading comprehension quiz on that book. The point value is based on the reading level and length of the book. This point system allows teachers to both drive performance by rewarding high achievers and recognize struggling readers.