Conducting the Placement Test

Correct placement is crucial to student success in the program. Use the built-in placement test to determine an appropriate series, level, and goal for each student.


  • Teachers can place students for whom they are the lead teacher.
  • Account Administrators and School Coordinators can place any student.

How to

  1. From the navigation menu, select the Read Naturally Live link.

  2. Locate the student's name, and, in the Placement Test column, click Place to begin the placement test.
  3. Under Select a level to test, select the student's estimated instructional reading level based on any benchmark assessments and your experience with the student.
  4. Click Next.

  5. Ask the student to sit at the computer. Tell the student to click Start Timing and begin reading aloud.
  6. As the student reads, listen and count the student's errors. When the bell sounds, tell the student to click on the last word read.
  7. Enter the number of words the student missed, and click Next.

  8. Look at the test results and the software's recommendation, and then choose one of the following options:
    • Click Stop testing and pick a level; select one of the recommended series/level/goal combinations, and click Next. Click OK to confirm the student's placement.
      This option is available only if the software has enough information to make a recommendation. If this option is unavailable, continue testing the student to gather more information.
    • Click Continue testing, and click Next to repeat the steps for conducting a placement test using a different level.

  9. Review the student's placement information, and click OK to confirm it.

Additional Resources


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