With Zinc's reading assessment, you can easily assess which Zinc difficulty level is ideal for each of your students. The Zinc difficulty levels correspond to grade and Lexile levels. Students can be assigned one of two tests: the level 1–4 assessment or the level 1–7 assessment. Each assessment is made up of short passages with multiple-choice questions and should take students between 15 and 45 minutes to complete.

Once students finish the assessment, they'll be told their levels, and their "Articles" home page will default to that level. Students should use their given level as a baseline for growth, while also exploring easier and harder articles that interest them.


Zinc's reading assessment is a great tool for students in both middle school and high school. The level 1–4 assessment (20 questions) is best suited for many middle school students, some ELL students, and any students who need reading support. The level 1–7 assessment is a longer test (up to 30 questions) that covers the full range of Zinc reading levels and is suited to both on-target high school readers and strong middle schoolers who are reading above grade level.

As students take an assessment, they will read passages on a variety of topics and answer two to three questions about each. The passages themselves are one to two paragraphs in length and fall into one of four categories: humanities, social science, science, or prose/literary narrative. Difficult vocabulary words or terms are defined within the passages (as one would see on a standardized test). As students progress further in a test, the passage difficulty levels will become more challenging.

The questions on the assessment are multiple choice and test a range of Zinc skills. Multiple choice questions offer four answer choices, with one correct answer.

Multiple Assessments Available

Multiple reading assessments are available on Zinc. As a teacher, you can assign students multiple assessments throughout the school year as a means to track progress. There are a limited number of tests. Teachers can assign a new assessment every three months to check in with students' growth.

To assign new Zinc assessments or manage previously assigned ones, click the "Assessments" menu option from the main site navigation.

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