Using the Interest Levels Preference to Restrict Quizzing

The Interest Levels preference lets you restrict individual students to taking quizzes with the interest levels that you allow. Students can find books with the interest levels that you don't allow, but they cannot take quizzes on those books unless you allow the monitor password to override the restriction.

These restrictions are different from the restrictions in the class Quiz Setup preference in two ways:

  • The Interest Levels preference lets you make different interest levels available for each student; the Quiz Setup preference sets the same allowed interest levels for the whole class.
  • When you use the Interest Levels preference to restrict students, the students can still find quizzes with interest levels that you've chosen not to allow; however, they cannot take those quizzes unless the quiz monitor or teacher enters the monitor password to override the restriction (if the Monitor Override preference allows this).
  • When you use the Quiz Setup preference to restrict interest levels, students in the class cannot find quizzes that have interest levels you've restricted, so the restrictions cannot be overridden.

If you set restrictions both in this preference and the Quiz Setup preference, the more limited restrictions will be used wherever there are differences.

In the interest levels, Lower Grades indicates content that is most appropriate for grades K-3. Middle Grades indicates grades 4-8, Middle Grades Plus indicates grades 6 and up (typically Young Adult books), and Upper Grades indicates content appropriate for upper grades (9-12). Unspecified or Unknown refers to Teacher-Made Quizzes that do not have an interest level selected.

Remember that students will be able to take quizzes on the interest levels that you don't check if the Monitor Override Preference allows quiz monitors or teachers to override blocks with the monitor password.

Follow the steps below to change the Interest Levels preference.

Who can do this with standard capabilities?

District Administrators, School Administrators, Teachers

  1. On the Home page, if you see Accelerated Reader, click it; then, click Preferences.

    If you have the Accelerated Reader 360 Suite, select Independent Reading, then Preferences.

  2. Click Interest Levels under "Individual Student Preferences."
  3. Choose the school, class, and students that you want to set the preference for.
  4. In the columns that open, choose the class and students. District-level personnel will typically be asked to choose the school, class, and students. School personnel and teachers are typically asked to choose a class and students.

    At the top of the Students column, you can choose all students in the selected class or a specific student. If you choose to select a student, click the student that you want to change the settings for. When you're done, select Apply.

  5. For each student, check the interest levels of books that you want to allow the student to quiz on. (Notice that you can select the "User" column heading to sort students from A to Z or from Z to A.) If nothing is checked for any student (no restrictions have been set up), all quizzes are available to all of the students.
  6. You can also set the preference for all of the students that you've selected at the same time. To do this, select Set All above the table; then, check the interest levels for which quizzing should be allowed. To finish, select Apply to All.

  7. When you're done, select Save Changes at the top of the page (or Undo Changes if you decide to undo all changes you've made on the page).
  8. To go back to the Preferences page, select < Back at the top of the page.