Understanding the Imagine Español Placement Test

Before students take the Imagine Español Placement Test, Administrators and Educators 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 Español. 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.

Educators 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. 

What the Placement Test measures

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

  • Letter Recognition
  • Word Recognition (includes decoding syllables and words, advanced decoding, and spelling)
  • Listening & Reading Comprehension
  • Comprehension & Reading (includes reading comprehension with advanced spelling and high-frequency words)
  • Phonological Awareness: Syllables (includes blending, segmenting, and isolating syllables)
  • Phonological Awareness: Phonemes (includes blending, segmenting, and isolating phonemes)

How the Placement Test is structured 

The Placement Test includes a common test which all students take first, and 6 subtests that are automatically assigned based on a student's performance in the common test. The common test includes 15 test items that provide a preliminary benchmark of students' skills in Letter Recognition, Phonological Awareness, and Word Recognition skill areas.

Depending on how students perform on the common test items, they are assigned subsequent subtests. The Placement Test evaluates students' performance and adaptively assigns up to 7 subtests based on their skill level. This means that students will receive more complex test items as they perform well in foundational skill areas. To avoid test fatigue, students see songs and vocabulary-related activities in between subtests. If students begin a subtest that is too advanced, the Placement Test will conclude the subtest and place the students in Imagine Español.