ACCESS Testing

Illinois requires that all students who have been identified as English Learners take the state’s English language proficiency test each January.

This test is known as ACCESS for ELLs, which stands for "Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners." 

The ACCESS test measures student proficiency in the four domains of English language development: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Students are required to take the ACCESS test annually, regardless of level of service, until they meet the Illinois state-mandated criteria of an overall composite score of 4.8.