Student experience in the Placement Test or Benchmark Test

Students taking the Placement Test or Benchmark Test will see different screens and hear different instructions than when they complete activities in Imagine Language & Literacy. They also see a onscreen notification that their test is in progress. Recognizing these screens and notifications will help Educators monitor students while they take the Placement Test or Benchmark Test. 

New students receive the Placement Test the first time they log in to Imagine Language & Literacy. Returning students receive the Beginning-of-Year Benchmark test when they first log in to Imagine Language & Literacy. Both tests are enabled by default and cannot be disabled.

Educators should plan on at least 25 minutes to administer the Placement Test or administer the Benchmark Test. Because the Placement Test and Benchmark Tests are adaptive, students may take anywhere from 10-60 minutes to complete the test, depending on their skill level.

While students are taking the Placement Test or Benchmark Test, Administrators and Educators can check student status. Administrators and Educators can also view student results from the Placement Test or Benchmark Test shortly after students have completed the test.

 Note

Students who take the Placement Test or Benchmark Test at home should not receive any assistance while taking the test. Helping students during the Placement Test or Benchmark Test places students incorrectly in Imagine Language & Literacy. For more information about using Imagine Language & Literacy at home, see Using Imagine Language & Literacy at home.

Starting the Placement Test or Benchmark Test

When new students log in to Imagine Language & Literacy for the first time, they'll see a video that introduces them to the characters they'll see while using the program. At the end of the video, students hear “This is a test. It decides what you do next. So do your best.” Then students see a short practice test question. Once they answer the practice test question, they see the green Booster loading screen and the Placement Test begins.

When returning students log in to Imagine Language & Literacy at the beginning of the school year, they see the green Booster loading screen and the Benchmark Test begins.  

Student screen

Once students start the Placement Test or Benchmark Test, a Booster icon displays in the bottom left corner of the screen with a label "Test in Progress." 

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Understanding the Placement Test and Benchmark Test subtests

The Placement Test includes 13 subtests across these 6 skill areas: Print Concepts, Phonological Awareness, Phonics and Word Recognition, Reading Comprehension, Oral Vocabulary, and Grammar. Imagine Language & Literacy reports results for 8 of the 13 subtests. The remaining 4 subtests are only used to place students appropriately. No student will receive all 13 subtests.

Each Benchmark Test includes 11 sub-tests across 5 skill areas: Print Concepts, Phonological Awareness, Phonics and Word Recognition, Reading Comprehension, and Oral Vocabulary. The Beginning, Middle, and End-of-Year Benchmark Tests include 11 subtests that are similar to 11 of the 13 subtests in the Placement Test. Imagine Language & Literacy reports results for 8 of the 11 subtests. The remaining 3 subtests are only used to place and sequence students appropriately. 

Depending on your students' assigned grade level, they'll see specific subtests first when they begin the Placement Test or Benchmark Test.

PreK–Kindergarten student experience

Pre-K and Kindergarten students start the Placement Test or Benchmark Test with the Print Concepts: Letters sub-test. For each test question, students hear “Click on the letter ___." After students click the letter they hear, it turns blue. They can then click the checkmark at the bottom of the screen to submit their answer.

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Grade 1–2 student experience

Grade 1-2 students start the Placement Test or Benchmark Test with the Word Recognition sub-test. For each test question, four words display on the screen and students hear “Click the right word,” and then which word to select. For example, “Click the right word. Her.” After students click the word they hear, it turns blue. They can then click the checkmark at the bottom of the screen to submit their answer.

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Grade 3–6 student experience

Grade 3-6 students start the Placement Test or Benchmark Test with the Sentence Completion sub-test. For each test question, a sentence with a missing word appears on the screen. Four word choices are listed below the sentence. Students hear “Click the best word to complete the sentence.” After students click the word that fits in the sentence, the word appears in the sentence. They can then click the checkmark at the bottom of the screen to submit their answer.

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Earning Booster Bits by completing test items

As students take the Placement Test or Benchmark Test, they can earn Booster Bits when they complete test questions. Booster Bits are tokens students earn for correct answers, which they can redeem to customize their avatar or play games. Students earn different Booster Bits depending on how well they do on each test question.

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