Student experience in the Reading Level Assessment (RLA)

Eligible students who receive the Reading Level Assessment (RLA) see different screens and hear different instructions from their completed activities in Imagine Language & Literacy. Recognizing these screens and notifications helps Teachers monitor when students start the Reading Level Assessment.


Reading Level Assessment eligible students are those who are in Grade 2 or above, are reading at an upper grade 1 through grade 6 level, and have completed Book 48 in the Beginning Books curriculum, as part of the Imagine Language & Literacy program.

Teachers should plan on at least 35 minutes to administer the Reading Level AssessmentBecause the Reading Level Assessment is adaptive, students may take anywhere from 10-60 minutes to complete the test, depending on their skill level. Assessments can be broken up over multiple testing sessions.   

Administrators and Teachers can check student testing status after their students have started the Reading Level Assessment. Administrators and Teachers can also view results from the Reading Level Assessment shortly after students have completed the test. 


Students who take the Reading Level Assessment at home should not receive any assistance while taking the test. Helping students during the Placement Test or Benchmark Test may inaccurately place them in Imagine Language & Literacy. For more information about using Imagine Language & Literacy at home, see Using Imagine Language & Literacy at home.

Starting the Reading Level Assessment

Eligible students log into Imagine Language & Literacy and see the green Booster loading screen followed by a video that introduces the test with instructions to work through the questions and choose answers. 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 this screen and hear an introduction to the Reading Level Assessment.  


Students are again shown how to work through the questions and choose answers, then asked to answer a short practice test question. Once students answer the practice question, a reminder displays. 


Students are reminded to take their time, choose the best answer, and review their answers before clicking the checkmark button. After clicking the checkmark, the test begins, and the first reading exercise displays.


Students are given exercises based on their grade level and reading abilities, so not all students see the same exercises. At any point during the test, students can use the Pause button to temporarily stop or log out of the test. When they resume the test, it starts where they left off.

When the test completes, students hear an audio message that they have finished, and then the Booster Bits screen displays. 


At the conclusion of the test, students are awarded booster bits. Once students collect their booster bits and click the checkmark, they're returned to their regular Imagine Language & Literacy lessons.