Difficulty levels are derived from approximate Lexile ranges and adjusted to follow Zinc editorial standards surrounding text complexity, target audience, and age-appropriateness.

Level

Grades

Lexile Band

Explanation

1

3&4

520L-940L

Easy-to-follow

2

5&6

925L-1070L

Straightforward

3

7

970L-1120L

Intermediate

4

8

1010L-1185L

Increasing difficulty

5

9

1050L-1260L

Challenging

6

10

1080L-1335L

Complex

7

11&12

1285L-1385L

College-prep

8

College

1385+

College-level

How do I determine what Zinc level my students are performing at?

Zinc's Placement Test determines a student's independent reading level. After taking the placement test and receiving a score, a student's "Articles" home screen will show articles at the level of their reading placement test result. Students should start their reading journey on Zinc at that level and also feel free to read texts of interest above and below that level.

The recommended Zinc level represents a student's independent reading level. Texts at that level should be accessible to the student while also engaging and appropriately challenging the student. The Zinc levels correspond to standard Lexile and grade-level reading targets.

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