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Writing and Adding an AR Teacher-Made Quiz
How to Prepare a Quiz
How to Format a Question
How to Assess the Reading Level and Word Count
- How to Add Teacher-Made Quizzes to AR
“You can create and add your own Reading Practice
Quizzes for use in Accelerated Reader; these are called Teacher-Made Quizzes.
When you create the quiz, Accelerated Reader automatically calculates the point
value based on the book level and the word count you enter. After you save the
quiz, it will be available to your students. When your students take the quiz,
the program will shuffle the answers for each question.”
Manual, p. 32
Things to know:
- Anyone with access to the
Accelerated Reader Management program can add teacher-made quizzes.
- You can add up to 500
teacher-made quizzes. The Quiz ID numbers 900-1399 are reserved for
- Book levels must be between 1
and 12.9 to be valid.
- AR automatically shuffles your
- You must include the number of
words in order for AR to calculate points.
- AR automatically calculates
How to Prepare
Your quiz should:
- Accurately represent the content.
- Encourage students to read actively and with
- Assess comprehension of the main events and
- Reflect what an excellent reader would know.
Represent events throughout the book
Based on the length of the book, level of interest and
readability, decide on the number of questions the quiz should have. Typically, books with 32 - 74 pages could have 5 questions, those ranging
from 75-200 pgs might have 10 questions and books with difficult vocabulary and
more than 200 pages might have 20 questions.
1. Take the total number of pages and divide by the
number of questions.
For each 12 pages, write a question.
Write a question for each section of the book.
(from: Sher Smith Ross, Librarian, www.mtbaker.wednet.edu/library/ar.htm)
- Use sticky notes to jot down
questions and answers as you read, selecting the best ones after you finish.
- Make all the answers plausible, with
one outright winner.
- Do not write negative or ludicrous
- Write thoughtful questions, do not
try to "trick" the student.
- Be sure each of your questions is a
question and that it ends with a question mark.
- Answers and distracters should begin
with a capital letter and be a phrase or complete sentence, no one-word
- Please edit your questions, answers,
and distracters for spelling, punctuation, and syntax.
- Do not write “fill in the blank”
- Do not write all “of the above”
- Choose your vocabulary based on the
grade level of the book and be sure it is related to the book.
- Do not ask them to identify pictures,
- Do not ask them to identify the
author or the title of the book.
(From: Book Adventure,
If there is a movie, make sure your
test will not allow
a "movie-only" student pass the test.
- Write questions that are
- Add questions in the order they occur
in the plot.
- Do not be too picky, a student may
have to wait a day to test.
- Do not be too general, a
student who has not read the book well should not pass.
2. How To Format
Questions should be written for basic reading
Five elements should be included in each quiz:
1. Main Idea and Detail - Who, What, Where, When, or
How questions. This includes choosing the main idea or topic of the book. Some
open-ended sample questions are: What is __? How did___ happen? When did __
(Student Competence = Knowledge)
Example 1: What is this book about?
- What people do when they first come to America
- How the West was won
- Learning how to deal with new cultures
- A journey to a new land
(These are not complete sentences so a period
is not necessary.)
2. Constructing Meaning/Comprehension - This is an
opportunity to demonstrate understanding of facts and ideas by organizing,
comparing, translating or giving a description. Some ideas are related by
sequence or time order. Questions could ask, "which event happened first" or
"what happened next". Cause and effect are meaning questions - "why did someone
do something". Sequence questions would have the words "first", "next", "later".
Cause and effect questions could use words in the answers such as "because", "as
a result", "since". We want children to explain what was meant or select the
best definition or description.
(Student Competence = Comprehension)
Example 1: Which event happened first?
- Jim went to the doctor.
- Jim went to bed.
- Jim began to sneeze.
- Jim ate some dinner.
Example 2: Why did Jim name his kitten Eve?
- Because she made him sneeze.
- Because she was dark as the evening sky.
- Because she like to sneeze.
- Because she stayed up all night.
3. Evaluating Information - An example of evaluating
information might be choosing something that is fact versus opinion or comparing
and contrasting situations or ideas. Another example is to ask the child to
decide why an author might have written a story or identifying motives or causes
in the story. Key words are: analyze, compare, contrast, simplify, list, theme,
relationships, judge, explain, or select.
(Student Competence = Analysis)
Example 1: Why do you think the author wrote Harry
- To teach about pilots
- To teach about a wizard boy
- To teach about going to school
- To teach about history
Example 2: Which sentence is true?
- Harry Potter was an orphan.
- Harry Potter was raised by his mother and father.
- Harry Potter was born with no parents.
- Harry Potter was a cat.
4. Characters & Plot - This might be a question
about who the main characters were. Questions should be about how the characters
felt about something that happened or what kind of person the character was,
etc. (I.e.: Wilbur in Charlotte’s Web was a generous & kind animal, a shy and
reserved animal, a lazy and boring animal, etc). Some words to think about with
Characters and Plot questions are: Define and Describe, Which One or What is
Best, etc. (Competence = Knowledge)
Example 1: How did Wilbur feel when he first met
- He felt scared.
- He felt angry.
- He felt confused.
- He felt excited.
Example 2: What causes Epimetheus to leave?
- Zeus signals to him.
- Epitmetheus is afraid of the box.
- Pandora is too curious.
- Hermes plays a joke on him.
5. Vocabulary Usage - Use a potentially new or
challenging word from the book in your questions. We want children to be reading
for vocabulary and word recognition improvement as well as for enjoyment.
Example 1: What did Harry Potter mean when he said it
was "serendipitous" that he ran into Hagar?
- It was a pleasant surprise.
- It was unfortunate.
- It was totally planned.
- It was funny.
If you need assistance when considering higher level
questions, visit Bloom’s Taxonomy at
3. How to Assess the Reading
Level and Word Count
It is vital that you accurately assess the
reading level and word count.
are some suggestions:
Do a Fry readability study. You can find the graph in
the Accelerated Reader User's Manual, online at
and the directions for its use at
Accurately count the words so students get the benefit
of full points for passing the test. The formula for word counts are in the
User's guide as well or can be accessed at:
Or, using Microsoft Word, do a readability test for the
“You can check the readability level of a passage using
the Klesch-Kincaid Reading Level built into the newer versions of Microsoft®
Word. In Word XP, to display readability statistics...
- On the Tools menu, click Options, and click the
Spelling & Grammar tab.
- Select the Show readability statistics check box, and
then click OK.
- On the Tools menu, click Spelling
and Grammar .
When Microsoft® Word finishes checking spelling and
grammar, it displays information about the reading level of the document.”
Alternatively, if you are pressed for time, use a search
engine like Google to scan another library's tests for the proprietary AR
Reading level and points. Use author (LN, FN) or title and the words "ar test."
Ex: for Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson your phrase would be "speak ar test" or "anderson,
laurie halse ar test."
You may also go to
to identify the reading level and point values
Using the point value of a book means you can experiment
with the number of words until you get the points correct.
Place a sticker on the book to identify that there is a
test available for that title.
How to Add
Teacher-Made Quizzes to AR
1. To go to the Quizzes screen, click the Go menu
and select Quizzes.
2. Click the Reading Practice tab toward the top
of the screen.
3. Click the [Add] button.
4. In the Select Quiz Number dialog box, click the
Quiz number that you would like to use for your new quiz; then, click the
[OK] button. (You will need to scroll down to see some Quiz numbers.) Quiz
numbers 900-1399 are reserved for Teacher-Made Quizzes, so you can add up
to 500 quizzes. Only Quiz numbers that have not been used will be shown in
the dialog box.
Note: If more than one teacher is creating
quizzes, you may want to assign different Quiz numbers to each teacher,
especially if the teachers are using different Accelerated Reader
databases. Since two quizzes can’t use the same Quiz number, you will not
be able to import a Teacher-Made Quiz from another teacher if your
database already has a quiz that is using that Quiz number. You can only
import quizzes from other teachers if you are using the same Accelerated
Reader serial number as those teachers.
5. The Add Teacher-Made Quiz dialog box will open
with the General tab selected. In this tab, click in the fields (blanks)
and type the title, author, a book level between 0.2 and 12.9, and a word
count. (The word count is necessary if you want Accelerated Reader to
calculate point values.) Then, click the drop-down lists to select the
book’s language, interest level, fiction or nonfiction, and the number of
questions you want in the quiz.
The number of questions determines the passing percentage for the quiz;
the passing percentage is 60% for 5-question and 10-question quizzes, and
70% for 20-question quizzes.
Interest levels show the grade range for which the
book’s content is appropriate. You can select from:
“Unknown,” “LG” (lower grades, K-3), “MG” (middle
grades, 4-8), or “UG” (upper grades, 9-12).
Note: To obtain an ATOS book
readability level, go to
6. Next, click the Questions tab. You will see a
list of questions, each labeled “New Question.”
The number of questions has been determined by the number you chose on the
7. Click the first question; then, click the [Edit
8. The Edit Question dialog box will open. Click
in each field (blank) and enter the question, the correct answer, and the
alternate answers. Accelerated Reader will shuffle the answers each time
it presents the quiz to your students. When you finish entering the
answers, click the [OK] button to close the Edit Question dialog box and
return to the Add Teacher-Made Quiz dialog box.
9. Notice that the first question in the list now
shows the text you entered for the question. Repeat steps 7 and 8 for each
additional question in the quiz.
10. When you have finished entering the questions
for the quiz, click the [OK] button in the Add Teacher-Made Quiz dialog
box. The quiz you added will appear in the list at the Quizzes screen.
--AR Manual, p. 32
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