Read Live User Guide

Conducting the Placement Test

Students can be placed in either the Staff Member Module or the Student Module. 

  • In the Staff Member Module, the Read Naturally Live page can be used to place students.
  • Any student who logs into the Student Module without having been placed will be directed to the placement process. 

To place students online:

  1. Either:
    • Log into the Staff Member Module. From the navigation menu, select Read Naturally Live, and then click the Place button for the student you need to place.
    • Have the student (who has not been placed) log in to the Student Module. Click the yellow Conduct Placement button, and log in using your staff member user ID and password.
  2. Estimate the level at which the student is currently reading, and select that level in the "Select a level to test" column. You can base this estimate on assessment results, test results, or your own knowledge and experience regarding the student.
  3. Click Next.
  4. Seat the student at the computer, and explain how the placement process will work. When the student is ready to start reading, tell him or her to click Start Timing.
  5. As the student reads aloud, listen and count the number of errors.
  6. When the bell sounds, tell the student to click the last word he or she read.
    If the student finishes the story before the bell sounds, tell the student to click Finished.
  7. Under Timing Results, enter the number of words the student missed.
  8. Click Next.
  9. Look at the test results and the software's recommendation. Then, under Choose an option and click Next, select an option.
    • Choose Continue testing to return to the first placement step and select a different level to test. Then repeat the steps for conducting a placement test, but using a different level.
    • Choose Stop testing and pick a level to select one of the recommended series/level/goal combinations. 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. 
  10. If you chose Stop testing and pick a level, click one of the Series, Level, and Story Goal options in the table to highlight it. Use your knowledge of the student to choose an appropriate option. If desired, you can print the placement results for later reference by clicking the printer icon on the upper right.
  11. Click Next
    A window opens with detailed information about the student's placement. 
    If the student has been placed in a Read Naturally Live Phonics series, the window includes the student's word list goal. Like the story goal, word list goals are in words correct per minute (wcpm). The default word list goal for each Phonics level is based on the student reading that level's word list twice, first down the columns and then across the rows, as follows: 
    Phonics Level Word List Goal
    0.8a, 0.8b 30
    1.3a, 1.3b 35
    1.8a, 1.8b, 2.3a, 2.3b,
    2.6a, 2.6b, 2.7a, 2.7b
  12. Click OK to confirm the student's placement information.


  • The software's recommendations are only suggestions. Based on the results and your knowledge of each student, select the materials best suited for him or her.
  • In the Staff Member Module, staff members in the Teacher role can place only students for whom they are the lead teacher. Account Administrators and School Coordinators can place any students. 
  • From the Staff Member Module, on Placement Step 1, you can click Print Placement Stories to print the placement stories so you can follow along and mark errors on paper as the student reads.

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Please let us know what questions you have so we can assist. For Technical Support, please call us or submit a software support request.

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