Administering the Benchmark Test

If you're a Teacher, you can administer the Benchmark Test to your students. Here's a list of what to do before students log in to Imagine Language & Literacy, how to introduce students to the Benchmark Test, and what to do during the Benchmark Test. If you run into problems during the Benchmark Test or to reassign an expired test, check the Troubleshooting section for help. Benchmark Tests are enabled by default and can only be disabled by a district or school administrator. Once a student begins a Benchmark Test they will have 28 days to complete it, even if they begin the test on the last day of the test window.

The Benchmark Test can be administered during 3 different testing windows scheduled throughout the school year.   

Test Window Assessment Test Window Dates
Test Window 1

Beginning-of-Year Benchmark Test

August 1-October 31
Test Window 2

Middle-of-Year Benchmark Test

December 1-February 28
Test Window 3

End-of-Year Benchmark Test

April 1-July 30


If your students log in to Imagine Language & Literacy and do not receive the Benchmark Test during the expected test window, check with your District Administrator or School Administrator to make sure that the Benchmark Test has been enabled for that test window.

Before students log in to Imagine Language & Literacy

  1. Prepare your device or laptop hardware. Students using Imagine Language & Literacy should be using devices that they are familiar with, if possible. Students will also need headphones to complete the Benchmark Test. For more information, see Imagine Language & Literacy System Requirements.
  2. Print Login cards. Students will need their login card to access the Benchmark Test. Print a login card for each student so they know how to log in to Imagine Language & Literacy. For more information, see Printing Login Cards.
  3. Change students' support language, if necessary. By default, students hear the Benchmark Test in English. If you need to, you can change the support language so that a student hears instructions for the Benchmark Test in their first (or native) language. For instructions on changing a student's support language, see Editing student account information. 

Introducing students to the Benchmark Test

  1. Show students how to log in. Use a projector or smartboard to show students the Imagine Language & Literacy login screen and how to enter their username and password exactly as it appears on the login card. Show students how to use the Show (icon_eye.jpg) icon above the Password field to show their password as they type.


    Allow extra time to help students who may need help logging in. Once students log in, confirm that they can hear audio messages welcoming them to Imagine Language & Literacy.

  2. Explain to students why they need to complete the Benchmark Test. The sample script may be useful and can be adapted to suit your specific implementation.

    The next time you log in to Imagine Language & Literacy, you'll see a test. It will help me see how much you’ve learned. Keep your eyes on your own screen. If you don’t know the answer to a question, just try your best and go on to the next question. If you need help, raise your hand quietly and I will come help you.

  3. Show students how to pause the Benchmark Test if they need to. If students need to close Imagine Language & Literacy before the session ends, show them how to use the Pause button in the lower right corner of the screen to exit the Benchmark Test. If students haven't completed the Benchmark Test, they'll pick up where they left off the next time they log in.

During the Benchmark Test

  1. Allow adequate time for students to complete the Benchmark Test. Educators should plan on at least 25 minutes to administer the Benchmark Test. Because the Benchmark Tests are adaptive, students may take anywhere from 10-60 minutes to complete the test, depending on their skill level.
  2. Monitor students as they take the Benchmark Test. Monitor students as they take the Benchmark Test and encourage them to stay on task. Watch for students who are clicking through test questions without reading them. Encourage these students to read each item carefully and provide their best guess on a question even if they do not know the answer. Ensure that students do not receive help answering test questions.

    Parents who are monitoring students at home should not help them during the Benchmark Test. Students who receive help on the Benchmark Test will be improperly placed in Imagine Language & Literacy. For more information about using Imagine Language & Literacy at home, see Using Imagine Language & Literacy at home.

  3. Check student testing status. As students take the Benchmark Test, Educators can view student testing status.
  4. Allow students to continue their session once they finish the Benchmark Test. Some students may finish the Benchmark Test before their session is over. Allow these students to continue using Imagine Language & Literacy until their session ends. Students will be automatically logged out of Imagine Language & Literacy when their session ends.
  5. Check Benchmark Test results. After students complete the Benchmark Test, Educators can view student test results


Here are some solutions to problems that you might encounter when administering the Benchmark Test.

My student doesn't hear any sound

Check the volume settings to ensure that the volume is turned up. Make sure the student's headphones are plugged into the right jack or USB port.


I lost Internet connectivity during the Benchmark Test

If you lose Internet connectivity during the Benchmark Test, reconnect your device. This may also require restarting your student's device. Your student will automatically begin where they left off when the device lost its Internet connection. 

The computer froze while my student was taking the Benchmark Test

If your student's computer freezes during the Benchmark Test, close the current browser window and log in to Imagine Language & Literacy again. Your student will automatically begin where they left off when the computer froze.

My student's Benchmark Test period has expired

If your student's Benchmark Test period has expired, use the Reassign Test button on the student Growth report. Once the test has been successfully reassigned, the student can retake the Benchmark test the next time they log in.