Accelerated Reader

What is it?

  • Accelerated Reader is an online programme produced by ‘Renaissance Learning’.
  • It is designed to identify your reading level and guide you to books at that level that will develop your reading.
  • After finishing a book, a quiz assesses whether you have read the title successfully.
  • A whole-school activity intended to improve your ability to access curriculum resources in all subjects.

How does it work?

  • 1 period of English per week is allocated for reading to all S1 pupils.
  • In addition, you are encouraged to read (at least) 15 minutes each day for best results.
  • Individual logins are provided so you can take a quiz on the book you’ve just read.
  • The programme is online so you (and your parent/ guardian) can check your progress from home.

How do you get on to your account?

  1. Copy this URL into the address bar ________ or just follow the link:
  2. Select ‘Student’ and enter your username and password (If you don’t know this or have forgotten, ask your ‘Reading period’ teacher or Mr Henderson, the librarian.

When you’ve successfully logged in, this is what you will see:

Taking a test and checking progress

  • It is recommended that a quiz be taken within 24 hours of finishing a book to ensure best results.
  • 60% is a pass and the book has considered to have been ‘read’ (the word count is added to your overall total and points collected towards your reading target).
  • You should be aiming for an 85% average on a book at your recommended reading level.  This indicates a high level of comprehension and will lead to greater progress in reading.
  • Consistent 90% or 100% scores suggest you’re finding the material too easy and should try a higher level.
Step 1: Select the orange tab “accelerated Reader” then enter the title of the book you’re looking for.
Step 2: Select the “Reading Practice Quiz”
Step 3: Work your way through the questions
Step 4: When you’ve finished the quiz, check your progress so far (top right corner of the screen):
How is your “Reading level” determined?
  • The STAR reading test is taken at the start, middle and end of term to determine an average ‘reading level’ and to monitor your reading development across the year.
  • You are assigned a reading level based on your score in the STAR test, this level should guide you to books that are not too hard but, also, not too easy.
  • Regardless of the level you receive, remember: it is just a guide, not prescriptive.
  • If you are keen on a higher level of book, you are welcome to try.  In fact, enthusiasm for what you are reading should improve effort and results.
What books can be used?
  • In the library, books are given a coloured dot on the spine to let you know there is a quiz available and the level of the book.
  • Levels are assigned based on average sentence length, average word length, and word difficulty level and the frequency of difficult words
  • Levels are NOT related to length of texts/ number of pages.
  • In the library, books are given a coloured dot on the spine to let you know there is a quiz available and the level of the book.
  • Levels are assigned based on average sentence length, average word length, and word difficulty level and the frequency of difficult words
  • Levels are NOT related to length of texts/ number of pages.
  • You may wish to read a book from home or another library, in this case, visit: AR Bookfinder (no login required) and search for your book.

-The complete database has over 26,000 titles!
-If it’s not on the list, unfortunately, it’s not eligible for the programme.
-‘Interest Level’ indicates a book that is for younger (LY), middle (MY) or higher age groups (UY).

Celebrating Success
  • Each term our Accelerated Reader display in the library is updated with a list of pupils with the highest word counts and number of quizzes passed.  Pupils are awarded a ‘star’ for their school House for every quiz attempted.
  • Individual prizes- coming soon!