The State of Minnesota requires the Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State (ACCESS) test to be administered annually to to Kindergarten through 12th-grade students who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs) to monitor students’ progress in learning academic English.

The assessments measure students’ academic English language in four language domains:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing

Test times vary by tier; approximate administration times are:

  • Listening: up to 40 minutes
  • Speaking: up to 30 minutes
  • Reading: up to 35 minutes
  • Writing: up to 65 minutes

Results are shared with parents at fall conferences.


Wrenshall 2021 ACCESS Testing Schedule:

Tuesday, March 2: 4, 8, 10 Listening & Reading

Thursday, March 4: 4, 8, 10 Writing

Friday, March 5: 4, 8, 10 Speaking