Passing Percentage

The passing percentage for quizzes varies depending on the type of quiz.

  • For Reading Practice Quizzes, the default pass marks are 60% to pass a quiz with 10 or fewer questions and 70% to pass a quiz with more than 10 questions. You can use the Reading Practice Pass Mark preference to change the pass marks.
  • Note: The Certifications Preference may require a higher percentage correct for students' quizzes and points to count toward reader certifications; if that is the case, some passed quizzes may not count toward certifications.

    It is important for students to get an immediate sense of accomplishment for reading and comprehending a book at a basic level. The percentage correct is not intended to be a reading mark, but to award the student with points proportional to his or her comprehension. A score of 60% correct is more than two times as good as the student could get by guessing, and shows that the child has read the book with at least some comprehension and deserves some reward.

    For longer, more difficult books with 20-question quizzes, the default pass mark is higher (70%) because abridged versions of the books are often available. The higher pass mark ensures that the student has read and comprehended the complete version of the book.

    Ultimately, finding a range of reading levels at which the student scores 85% correct or above on Accelerated Reader quizzes will provide optimal growth. If, at a given level, the student is scoring consistently below 85% correct, it is an indication that the reading at that level is too difficult for the student to construct enough meaning to provide context clues to more challenging words and passages. It is the teacher's role to point out that the student would get a greater reward with a higher percentage and to encourage more thorough reading or lower-level books.

  • For Vocabulary Practice Quizzes, students do not pass or fail a quiz. Students simply learn words that are placed on their Words Learned List; therefore, a passing percentage does not apply to this type of quiz.
  • For Literacy Skills Quizzes, the default pass mark is 70%. However, you can change this using the Literacy Skills Pass Mark Preference. Literacy Skills Quizzes are 12 or 24 questions in length.