Understanding the Imagine Language & Literacy Placement Test

Before students take the Imagine Language & Literacy embedded Placement Test, Administrators and Teachers should understand what the Placement Test measures, how the test is structured and when the test will be administered

When the Placement Test is administered

Students who are new to Imagine Learning take the Placement Test only once during the school year—the first time they log in to Imagine Language & Literacy. Students can start and complete the Placement Test at any time and the test window will never close.


The Placement Test is enabled by default and cannot be disabled.

Teachers should plan on at least 25 minutes to administer the Placement Test. Because the Placement Test is adaptive, students may take anywhere from 10-60 minutes to complete the test, depending on their skill level. Administrators and Teachers can check the status of students while they are taking the test. Administrators and Teachers can then review student test results after students have completed the test.

What the Placement Test measures

The Imagine Language & Literacy Placement Test determines students’ proficiency in key skill areas and then places them in the Imagine Language & Literacy curriculum so that they receive the instruction that they need. The Placement Test determines students' proficiency in these skill areas: 

  • Print Concepts
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Phonics and Word Recognition
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Oral Vocabulary
  • Grammar

Placement Test results also serve as a baseline, point-in-time comparison point for student growth throughout the school year. 

How the Placement Test is structured 

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.

The first subtest that students receive is based on their assigned grade level. As students take the Placement Test, their performance determines which subtest they receive next. Because the Placement Test adapts to the student's skill level, not all students will see the same subtests or the same number of subtests. Students continue to take subtests until Imagine Language & Literacy has enough data to identify where students should be placed. The total number of subtests that students receive depends on their performance. For more detailed information, see Student experience in the Placement Test or Benchmark Test.

Depending on their assigned grade level, students may receive these subtests:

Grade Level Number of Subtests
PreK 2 subtests
Kindergarten 2-6 subtests
Grade 1-2 3-10 subtests
Grade 3-6 4-11 subtests