How to take the AR STAR Test

arDirections for the Accelerated Reader STAR Test:

  1. Go to the ALC AR Website.
  2. Click “I’m a Student.”
  3. Type in your user name and password (if you forget your user name, click “Forgot your user name?“). Passwords are “abc.”
  4. Click “STAR Reading.”
  5. Monitor Password: Admin
  6. Click “Start.”
  7. This test is timed – try your best! This is your way to show your English teacher how well you’ve improved in your reading skills.

ALC Accelerated Reader


“Books are trees made immortal.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

All ALC English students will need to reach their AR reading goals for the Fall Semester.  Accelerated Reader points make up 15% of the total ALC English grade. The final reading goals for the Fall 2014 semester are due in December.

To take a book quiz, please follow the directions below:

  1. Check with your English teacher first about the book you completed. You will need to show a copy of the book and take the quiz in class. (In order to prevent cheating, quizzes taken outside of class may be deleted.)
  2. Once you get the “go ahead” from your teacher, go to the ALC AR Website.
  3. Click “I’m a Student.”
  4. Type in your user name and password (if you forget your user name, click “Forgot your user name?”).
  5. To take a reading book quiz, under Accelerated Reader, click “Start Working.”
  6. Search for your book title.
  7. Click “Take Quiz.”
  8. It will ask you, “How did you read the book?” Select “I read by myself.”
  9. Then take the quiz (usually 10-20 questions).
  10. If you pass the quiz, your teacher will update your points in your grade. If you fail the quiz, contact your teacher to possibly retake the assessment.

Special Note: If you are reading a book that does not have an Accelerated Reader quiz, contact your teacher. You can still earn points towards your grade if you successfully conduct a “Book Talk” with your teacher.

Winter Break AR Book Review

winter readingFinished Book Reviews Due: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014!

Students must complete an Accelerated Reader Book Review on a book you’ve read independently outside of class.  Book reviews must include the following criteria to receive a “4” on the rubric (100 points total).

1. A creative cover page with a hand-drawn picture/illustration of the most important scene in the book (the climax).

2. 5-paragraph book review must answer these questions:

  • How many stars (out of five) does this book receive and why?
  • Describe the protagonist (positive major character) and the antagonist (negative major character).
  • Describe the conflict in the novel. (Internal or External) (Man vs. Man, Man vs. Nature, Man vs. Technology, Man vs. Society, or Man vs. Self)
  • Describe one theme and show how the author teaches that message throughout the novel.  What details help to show you that theme?
  • Would you recommend it to another student? Why/Why not? Who is the audience for this book?

3. Must be typed, according to MLA Typing Guidelines (12 point, Times New Roman, double spaced, black ink).

4. Return signed Book Review sheet with finished book review (10 points).

Click here for complete Winter Break Book Review.