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Parent Guide to Accelerated Reader

All children from Primary 4 to 7 participate in the Accelerated Reader (AR) programme. This guide is designed to answer your questions about AR. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or visit the Accelerated Reader Website at

What is Accelerated Reader (AR)?

AR is a computer programme that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his/her own level and reads it at his/her own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) AR gives both children and teachers feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set targets and direct ongoing reading practice.

Children using AR choose their own books to read at an appropriate level. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them and challenging without being frustrating. When they finish reading the book, they take the quiz for that book on the computer. In most cases, children really enjoy taking the quizzes. Since they are reading books at their reading and interest levels, they are likely to be successful. Best of all, they learn and grow at their own pace.

How can I help my child become a better reader?

As with anything, performance improves with practice. Encourage your child to read at home. Create a culture of reading in your household by reading with your child, starting a home library, visiting your local library or bookshop on a regular basis, letting your child see you reading and discussing books that each of you have read. When reading with your child, stop and ask questions to be sure your child is understanding what is read. Reading with your child, no matter what the child’s age, is an important part of developing a good reader and building a lifelong love of reading.

What if my child does not like reading?

Using Accelerated Reader, your child will choose the books he/she wants to read. The teacher will make certain the book is at the right level so that after completing the book, your child should do well on the AR Reading Practice Quiz. Success in the quiz will encourage your child to read more. With guidance from the teacher and success, even pupils who say they do not like reading will develop a greater interest in reading.

How does the school determine my child’s reading level?

Teachers determine your child’s reading level through a STAR reading test, a reading assessment of 25 questions on the computer. Questions continually adjust to your child’s responses. If the child’s response to a question is correct, the difficulty level of the next question is increased. If the child misses a question, the difficulty level of the next question is reduced. The test uses multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 10 minutes. The STAR test will provide each child with a baseline data and a starting place for their reading practice (their ZPD).

What is a Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD)?

ZPD is the range of books that will challenge a child without causing frustration or loss of motivation. Your child will receive a ZPD range after taking a STAR Reading test or teachers can use their best professional judgment to determine a ZPD. It is important for children to read with a high degree of comprehension and within their ZPDs. When your child passes three or more quizzes successfully (100% score) at their ZPD level, they can move up to the next level.

How many Accelerated Reader quizzes are there?

There are over 16,000 AR quizzes available, with more being written every month.

How will I know how my child is doing?

You can access reports on your child’s progress on the pupil login page:

The fundamental aim of Accelerated Reader is to bring the joy of reading and a love of books to every pupil.