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The CASAS Reading STEPS (Student Test of English Progress and Success) assessment is aligned with the English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards for Adult Education and includes 5 test levels to support improved accuracy resulting in better student outcomes.

Target Population English as a Second Language (ESL)
Uses Progress testing in everyday life and workplace English language skills (Reading)
Difficulty Level Beginning literacy (Level A) to Advanced ESL (Level E)
Placement Tests CASAS eTests: Locator or Appraisal for placement into pretest
Paper Tests: Appraisal for placement into pretest
Training Requirement CASAS Implementation Training
NRS Approval Yes: English as a Second Language (ESL)
Testing Accommodations  Supplemental Materials for Visual Impairment

Assessment Accommodations webpage


Reading STEPS FAQsPDF174.64 KB Download
Reading STEPS Content Standard BlueprintPDF838.08 KB Download
Reading STEPS Competency BlueprintPDF274.48 KB Download
Reading STEPS Task Area BlueprintPDF267.59 KB Download
Reading STEPS Sample ReportsZIP1.51 MB Download
Reading STEPS Grade Level EquivalentsPDF115.07 KB Download

Sample Test Items

View the sample test items to familiarize yourself and your students with the format and content of this reading test series.

Reading STEPS Sample Items by NRS LevelPDF2.68 MB Download
Reading STEPS Sample Items by Test Form LevelZIP3.74 MB Download
Reading STEPS Sample Items Scripts for Visually Impaired and BlindPDF493.18 KB Download

Test Specifics

Reading STEPS assessments correlate to CASAS Competencies and to the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) for Adult Education. Use student test results to help target instruction. 

CASAS Level Form Number Number of Test Items Test Time*

Scale score ranges**

 Appraisal 619R  28 30 minutes  
 Locator 620R 14 15 minutes  
A Forms 621R - 622R 33 30 minutes 160 - 196
B Forms 623R - 624R 36 50 minutes 184 - 206
C Forms 625R - 626R 36 75 minutes 197 - 216
D Forms 627R - 628R 36 75 minutes 207 - 227
E Forms 629R - 630R 36 75 minutes 217 - 251

*Students must be allowed up to the time listed to complete the test, but most students will finish the test in less time. Students may be given additional time as an accommodation under certain circumstances.

** The last score point shown is the Conservative Estimate score.


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CASAS offers self-paced CASAS Implementation Training at no cost. If you have not yet completed CASAS Implementation Training, you'll need to do so prior to ordering the Reading STEPS series.

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