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Accelerated Reader is used by more than 35,000 schools in over 60 countries.

At its heart, Accelerated Reader is simple.

A student reads a book, takes an online quiz, and gets immediate feedback. Students respond to regular feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills.

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Extensive choice

AR gives students significantly greater choice in levelled and quizzes than any comparable reading programme.

Over 27,000 reading practice quizzes are available on books from over 300 publishers and imprints. Independent of any publishing interests and suitable for students of primary and secondary age, AR ensures that there are plenty of books to interest every reader available on the programme.

AR BookFinder

The dedicated online book-searching tool AR BookFinder is publicly available to students, parents, teachers and librarians so they can identify appropriate books that are also of interest.


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Motivational quizzes

Because students receive regular feedback from AR, teachers and librarians are given many opportunities to praise students for their successes and to discuss with them what they have been reading.
Take a sample quiz

There are four different types of Accelerated Reader quiz: Reading Practice, Recorded Voice, Vocabulary Practice, and Literacy Skills.

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Appropriate challenge

Students develop reading skills most effectively when they read appropriately challenging books – difficult enough to keep them engaged but not so difficult that they become frustrated.
Zone of Proximal Development

Using the STAR Reading assessment (a 20-minute computer-adaptive test) students determine their ‘zone of proximal development’ range. This corresponds to the lower and upper limits of the level of text complexity they should be reading within in order to make the most progress.

Text complexity

Text complexity is determined by the ATOS formula, which uses the text of an entire books to inform the calculation rather than just a sample as with some other formulae. As students are retested, their ZPD ranges increase and broaden so they continue to read suitably challenging literature.


Easily accessible

AR uses an attractive and intuitive interface to put children at ease and help them to access the programme without difficulty.

The primary experience uses the visual symbolism of a sunflower to help students to understand their targets and progress towards them. Small successes, like reaching or exceeding the recommended 85% or above in reading practice quizzes, build confidence and engagement with reading. For avid readers, aiming to read a million words in the course of an academic year or term proves very motivational.

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AR Student App

Accelerated Reader quizzes can be taken on computers, laptops, tablets, and through the AR Student App for Apple iOSĀ® devices.

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Best practices

Research-based recommendations underpin the best practices for AR implementation.

The importance of daily personalised reading practice cannot be overstated. Recent studies indicate that when students spend 25 minutes a day reading suitably challenging books which they successfully comprehend (demonstrated by achieving 90% or more on the reading practice quiz), then they will achieve optimal reading age growth. This is the power of personalised practice.

Implementation and professional services

A comprehensive programme of remote and on-site training accompanies the implementation of Accelerated Reader, with additional professional development packages available on request.

Accelerated Reader in Africa, Asia, Atlantic, Europe and the Middle East

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Renaissance Learning is a member of COBIS, IPSEF AND ISC, but also supplies programmes to other international schools around the world.

Administered from our London office, International school accounts are able to access either UK or US curriculum-linked assesments and software according to their specific needs.

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