Overview of the Test Site for the IREAD-3 Assessment

Sample Test Page

Sample Test Page

There are two types of test tools available:

Global Tools Instructions


Online Help Button

To view the on-screen Help Guide window, select the question mark Online Help Button button in the upper-right corner.


Pause Icon

To pause a test, select Pause Icon in the global menu. Pausing the test will temporarily log you out.

Line Reader

Line Reader Tool Icon

To highlight an individual line of text in a passage or question, select Line Reader in the global menu.

This tool is not available while the Highlighter tool is in use.


Masking Tool Icon

The Masking tool temporarily covers a distracting area of the test page. To use this tool:

  1. Select Masking in the global menu.
  2. Click and drag across the distracting area.

To close the Masking tool, select Masking again. To remove a masked area, select X in the upper-right corner of that area.

Global Notes

Global Notes Tool Icon

To enter notes in an on-screen notepad, select Notes in the global menu.

System Settings

cog wheel icon

To adjust audio volume during the test, select cog wheel icon in the upper-right corner. Students testing with TTS can also use this tool to adjust TTS settings.

Students testing on mobile devices cannot use this tool to adjust volume. To adjust audio volume on mobile devices, students must use the device's built-in volume control.

Zoom buttons

Zoom In Icon Zoom Out Icon

To enlarge the text and images on a test page, select Zoom In. Multiple zoom levels are available. To undo zooming, select Zoom Out.


Context Menu Tools Instructions
Expand buttons

You can expand the passage section or the question section for easier readability.

  • To expand the passage section, select the right arrow icon Right Arrow Icon below the global menu. To collapse the expanded passage section, select the left arrow icon Left Arrow Icon in the upper-right corner.
  • To expand the question section, select the left arrow icon Left Arrow Icon below the global menu. To collapse the expanded question section, select the right arrow icon Right Arrow Icon in the upper-left corner.

To highlight text, select the text on the screen and then select Highlight Selection from the context menu. If multiple color options are available, select an option from the list of colors that appears.

To remove highlighting, select Reset Highlighting from the context menu.

Text in images cannot be highlighted. This tool is not available while the Line Reader tool is in use.

Mark for Review

To mark a question for review, select Mark for Review from the context menu. The question number displays a flap Number Flap Icon in the upper-right corner and a flag icon flag icon appears next to the number on the test page. The Questions drop-down list displays (marked) for the question.


To enter notes for an individual test question, select Notepad from the context menu. After entering a note, a pencil icon note icon appears next to the question number on the test page.

You can only access your notes for a question on that question’s test page.

Select Previous Version

To view and restore responses previously entered for an ELA Constructed-Response (Open-Ended) question, select the Select Previous Version option from the context menu. A list of saved responses appears. Select the appropriate response and click Select.


For selected-response questions, you can cross out an answer option to focus on the options you think might be correct. There are two options for using this tool:

  • Option A:
  1. To activate Strikethrough mode, open the context menu and select Strikethrough.
  2. Select each answer option you wish to strike out.
  3. To deactivate Strikethrough mode, press Esc or click outside the question's response area.

  • Option B:
  1. Right-click an answer option and select Strikethrough.
Text-to-Speech To listen to a passage’s or test item’s instructions, select the Speak option from the context menu.
Tutorial To view a short video demonstrating how to respond to a particular question type, select Tutorial from the context menu.

Test Rules for the IREAD-3 Assessment

Navigation Rules

Pause Rules

About Text-to-Speech for the IREAD-3 Assessment

If you have Text-to-Speech turned on for your test, read this section.

About Text-to-Speech

Students testing with TTS can listen to only the instructions on passages and items. TTS is only available when using the Secure Browser or a supported Chrome or Firefox browser.

To listen to instructions with the Text-to-Speech tool: