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Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader is a national program used to assist in the improvement of pupils' reading abilities and their comprehension of what they read. Accelerated Reader provides pupils with thousands of book choices (and quizzes) to meet their individual reading needs. Statistics show that the more a child reads, the higher his/her performance is in all subject areas.


This program uses a computer-based vocabulary test called the STAR test that adjusts while the pupil is taking the test to her/his individual reading level. Pupils complete this testing each half term. 


Finding Books 

Your child will be able to choose from a large selection of Accelerated Reader books in school but if you wish to search for a book at home please follow the steps below:

1. Log on to If asked, click on who you are and then click Submit.

2. Click the Advanced Search tab.

3. Fill in the Interest Level, Book Level (use your individualized range your teacher has provided)  and any other options you prefer. Or, search for a particular book to see if it falls in your reading range. Click Go.

4. You will be given a large list of book choices.


Taking Quizzes


After reading the book you will take an online comprehension quiz


1. Log on to  Accelerated Reader This is St. John's unique site for quiz and test assessments. You may want to Bookmark it.

2. Click Student.

3. Type in the User Name and Password information and click the Log In button. (each pupil should have their user name and password information in their home-school diary.)

4. Under the Accelerated Reader tab click Take a Quiz.

5. Choose Take a Reading Practice Quiz.

6. Type in your book information and click Search.

7. Click on your book title.

8. Answer the questions and take your quiz!


Note: If you do not receive a score of 70% or above for a Reading Practice quiz you will not score any points.  and must read another book and take another quiz.

You should, subsequently, choose a book from the lower end of your range.


Accelerated Reader gives children immediate feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher can then use to help children in school. Children are expected to achieve the target of at least 5 points each half-term which is measured through the choice of books that children read as each book has points labelled based on the number of words in the book and reading difficulty. We believe that every child will become a fast reader and be able to comprehend the text if they choose a book independently of their choice.