Where Can You Find AR Test Answers?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Jul 14, 2020 11:00:29 AM ET
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Teachers can check Accelerated Reader test answers by logging into the classroom management system with their teacher account. Test questions and answers can be created and edited by selecting “Manage Quizzes” in the teacher interface.

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Accelerated Reader is a reading management program that allows teachers to track student reading growth and potential. After finishing a book, students log into the program to take a quiz of five to 10 questions that tests their comprehension of what they just read. They earn points based on how many questions are correctly answered. Types of quizzes available include reading practice, vocabulary, literacy skills and more.

How Accelerated Reader Promotes Reading

While standardized testing has grown increasingly popular over the years, Accelerated Reader works on the idea that education should be tailored to meet each child’s specific needs. Students are quizzed on the books they read to test reading comprehension, but they’re also given the freedom to choose books that speak to their own interests. The idea is to encourage children to practice reading skills while keeping the act of reading fun and engaging.

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To make sure students are reading books they’re likely to understand and not get frustrated with, Accelerated Reader uses two measurements of text complexity. The ATOS readability formula measures text difficulty using things like average sentence length, word length and word difficulty, while the Lexile Framework for Reading compares text complexity to a specific student’s reading level. After determining a student’s reading level using either a Renaissance Star Reading test, some other standardized test or their own professional judgement, teachers can adjust quotas and difficulty recommendations to ensure all children have a reading load that’s challenging without being overwhelming.  

Choosing Books

Teachers can recommend a reading grade level for students to select from and create additional guidelines, such as requiring some of the books students selected to be nonfiction. Once that’s done, however, students can choose any book for which Accelerated Reader has a corresponding quiz. There are more than 200,000 titles to choose from, including series like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Animorphs, Captain Underpants and Percy Jackson and the Olympians. You can search based on author or subject as well as title.

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As students complete quizzes, they’re asked to rate each book they’ve read. These ratings are in turn used to help kids find books they enjoy and avoid ones they don’t. Because there are so many choices, kids never have to read books that parents don’t approve of.

Accelerated Reader Tests and Quizzes

The goal of Accelerated Reader is to have students read for 35 minutes in the classroom each day and retain at least 90 percent of what they read. The latter objective is measured by quizzes. They prove that a student not only read a book, but also that they understood it. On top of that, quizzes present an opportunity for students to think critically about the concepts in each book and the meaning of complex words that they may not have known before. Types of quizzes include reading practice quizzes, which focus on comprehending content; quizzes for early readers, which cover early reader titles and are paired with voice-recorded quizzes; literacy skills quizzes and practice activities, which help measure close reading skills; and vocabulary practice quizzes. There are also textbook quizzes for when your students are ready to begin reading such materials.

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Teachers can see how well students perform on specific quizzes. Combined with stats on the length, difficulty and subject of each book, teachers can track how well students are performing and adjust their goals for each student accordingly. When paired with Renaissance’s Star Reading Suite, educators can even see how student performance matches up to state standards and how likely they are to succeed on state reading tests.