Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader is a national program used to encourage and motivate students to practice the skills they are learning in the classroom by reading books of their choice, at their reading level. The program uses a computer-based vocabulary test called the STAR test that adjusts while the student is taking the test to their individual reading level. Students complete this initial testing early on in the school year.

Accelerated Reader provides students with thousands of book choices to meet their individual reading needs. Students and their parents are able to access information about books through their home computer using the AR BookFinder at

After reading an Accelerated Reader book, the student takes a short quiz on a school computer. The computer scores the quiz, assigns points depending on the test performance, and keeps a personal record. Each grade level is given a point goal that they must meet each grading quarter.

Accelerated Reader is an enrichment opportunity for all students, in addition to the reading and literature programs already in place at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School.