Getting Started with Accelerated Reader

Add your students, teachers, courses, and classes

For more information, see Setting Up Renaissance.

Get Student User Names and Passwords

Students will need to know their user names and passwords so that they can log in to take quizzes and see their progress. See User Names and Passwords.

Set Preferences

Accelerated Reader has school, class, and student-level preferences that help you decide how the program should work. You can set the monitor password for reading quizzes and the password requirements, and you can decide whether to ask students how they read the book (read To the student, read With the student, or read Independently). You can also restrict when students can take quizzes or restrict quizzing by book level or interest level. To see these and other preferences, on the Home page, select Accelerated Reader Independent Reading; then, select Preferences. For more information, see Accelerated Reader Preferences.

Set Reading Practice Goals

We recommend that you set reading goals individually for your students for each marking period assigned to the class. You can set the following reading practice goals:

  • average percent correct for all quizzes (passed and failed)
  • total points earned on passed quizzes
  • average book level on passed quizzes

Reading Practice Quizzes, Other Reading Quizzes, and Article Quizzes apply to goals. For help choosing goals, see the Goal Setting Best Practices and the Goal-Setting Chart or the Goal-Setting Chart for Lexile® Measures.

To go to the Student Goals tab in the Accelerated Reader Record Book, select Accelerated Reader Independent Reading; then, choose Record Book & Goals. The Student Goals tab is selected by default.

To find out how to set the goals, see Accelerated Reader Goals (Record Book).

Set Certification Goals

Reader certifications are milestones that recognize students' reading achievements. You can set Reading Practice certification goals for your students. To see and set certification goals, select Accelerated Reader Independent Reading on the Home page; then, select Record Book & Goals. Then, select your school and class and select the Certifications tab. To set the goals, see Setting Certification Goals.

View the Available Quizzes

To view information about the quizzes that are available, on the Home page, select Accelerated Reader Independent Reading; then, select Manage Books and Quizzes. Then, select Manage Books & Quizzes on the Manage Content page.

On the Manage Books and Quizzes page, you can select a quiz type to see the quizzes that are available.

On the page for each quiz type, you can search for quizzes, use filters to narrow the list, and take sample quizzes.

If you are an administrator, you can also choose to manage book titles using the drop-down at the top of the page.

Note: You, your students, and parents can also use Accelerated Reader Bookfinder ( to see which books have Accelerated Reader quizzes. For more information, see the Accelerated Reader Bookfinder help.

Students Take Quizzes

Once you have set preferences and given students their user names and passwords, students are ready to take Accelerated Reader quizzes.

Students log in to the Accelerated Reader software and select Accelerated Reader 360 or Accelerated Reader (depending on your version of the software).

Then, they search for a quiz. In the search results, they select Take Quiz. Students answer the questions and see their results after the quiz. For step-by-step instructions, see Taking an Accelerated Reader Quiz. Students can also read non-fiction articles and take quizzes; see How Students Read Articles and Take Quizzes.

Viewing Student Progress

Students can view their progress in Accelerated Reader, including their progress toward goals and books that they have taken quizzes on.

Students and parents can also view their progress and their bookshelf in Renaissance Home Connect. For more information, see Renaissance Home Connect and Accelerated Reader.

Teachers can see student quiz scores in the Record Book and in reports.