Initial ELPAC: Estimated Testing Times

The computer-based Initial ELPAC is an untimed test. Students are allowed as much time as needed to complete the test. The estimated times on this page are provided for planning purposes. Actual testing times may be shorter if stopping points are used, or longer if a student needs the time to finish entering responses.

For each domain of the test, allow an additional five minutes to read directions and administer the practice questions in the domains in which they appear. For remote testing, allow an additional 5-10 minutes per domain to navigate remote testing features or processes.

View the following web pages for estimated testing times for the relevant administration option.

Table 1. 2023–24 Estimated Testing Time for Kindergarten

Domain Minutes
Listening (Individual administration) 10
Speaking (Individual administration) 5–10
Reading (Individual administration) 5–10
Writing (Individual administration) 5–10
Total estimated test administration time 25–40

Table 2. 2023–24 Estimated Testing Time for Grade One

Domain Minutes
Listening (Individual administration) 10–15
Speaking (Individual administration) 5–15
Reading (Individual administration) 5–10
Writing (Individual administration) 5–10
Total estimated test administration time 25–50

Table 3. 2023–24 Estimated Testing Time for Grade Two

Domain Minutes
Listening (Individual administration) 10–15
Speaking (Individual administration) 5–15
Reading (Individual administration) 5–10
Writing (Group administration) 10–15
Total estimated test administration time 30–55

Table 4. 2023–24 Estimated Testing Time for Grades Three Through Five

Domain Minutes
Listening (Group administration) 10–15
Speaking (Individual administration) 10–15
Reading (Group administration) 5–15
Writing (Group administration) 10–30
Total estimated test administration time 35–75

Table 5. 2023–24 Estimated Testing Time for Grades Six Through Eight

Domain Minutes
Listening (Group administration) 10–20
Speaking (Individual administration) 10–20
Reading (Group administration) 10–20
Writing (Group administration) 10–35
Total estimated test administration time 40–95

Table 6. 2023–24 Estimated Testing Time for Grades Nine Through Twelve

Domain Minutes
Listening (Group administration) 10–20
Speaking (Individual administration) 10–20
Reading (Group administration) 10–20
Writing (Group administration) 15–40
Total estimated test administration time 45–100

Table 1. 2024–25 Form 1 Estimated Testing Time for Kindergarten

Kindergarten Minutes
Listening (Individual administration) 10–15
Speaking (Individual administration) 5–10
Reading (Individual administration) 5–10
Writing (Individual administration) 5–15
Total estimated test administration time 30–50

Table 2. 2024–25 Form 1 Estimated Testing Time for Grade One

Grade 1 Minutes
Listening (Individual administration) 10–20
Speaking (Individual administration) 5–15
Reading (Individual administration) 5–10
Writing (Individual administration) 10–15
Total estimated test administration time 35–60

Table 3. 2024–25 Form 1 Estimated Testing Time for Grade Two

Grade 2 Minutes
Listening (Individual administration) 10–20
Speaking (Individual administration) 5–15
Reading (Individual administration) 5–15
Writing (Group administration) 10–20
Total estimated test administration time 30–70

Table 4. 2024–25 Form 1 Estimated Testing Time for Grades Three Through Five

Grades 3–5 Minutes
Listening (Group administration) 10–15
Speaking (Individual administration) 10–15
Reading (Group administration) 5–15
Writing (Group administration) 20–40
Total estimated test administration time 45–85

Table 5. 2024–25 Form 1 Estimated Testing Time for Grades Six Through Eight

Grades 6–8 Minutes
Listening (Group administration) 20–25
Speaking (Individual administration) 10–20
Reading (Group administration) 10–20
Writing (Group administration) 25–70
Total estimated test administration time 65–135

Table 6. 2024–25 Form 1 Estimated Testing Time for Grades Nine Through Twelve

Grades 9–12 Minutes
Listening (Group administration) 10–30
Speaking (Individual administration) 10–20
Reading (Group administration) 10–25
Writing (Group administration) 25–75
Total estimated test administration time 65–150

Table 1. 2024–25 Form 2 Estimated Testing Time for Kindergarten

Kindergarten Minutes
Listening (Individual administration) 10
Speaking (Individual administration) 5–10
Reading (Individual administration) 5–10
Writing (Individual administration) 10–15
Total estimated test administration time 30–45

Table 2. 2024–25 Form 2 Estimated Testing Time for Grade One

Table 2. 2024–25 Form 2 Estimated Testing Time for Grade One

Grade 1 Minutes
Listening (Individual administration) 10–15
Speaking (Individual administration) 10–25
Reading (Individual administration) 5–10
Writing (Individual administration) 5–10
Total estimated test administration time 30–60

Table 3. 2024–25 Form 2 Estimated Testing Time for Grade Two

Table 3. 2024–25 Form 2 Estimated Testing Time for Grade Two

Grade 2 Minutes
Listening (Individual administration) 15–20
Speaking (Individual administration) 5–15
Reading (Individual administration) 5–15
Writing (Group administration) 10–15
Total estimated test administration time 35–65

Table 4. 2024–25 Form 2 Estimated Testing Time for Grades Three Through Five

Table 4. 2024–25 Form 2 Estimated Testing Time for Grades Three Through Five

Grades 3–5 Minutes
Listening (Group administration) 10–15
Speaking (Individual administration) 10–15
Reading (Group administration) 10–25
Writing (Group administration) 20–40
Total estimated test administration time 50–95

Table 5. 2024–25 Form 2 Estimated Testing Time for Grades Six Through Eight

Table 5. 2024–25 Form 2 Estimated Testing Time for Grades Six Through Eight

Grades 6–8 Minutes
Listening (Group administration) 15–20
Speaking (Individual administration) 10–20
Reading (Group administration) 15–35
Writing (Group administration) 15–40
Total estimated test administration time 55–120

Table 6. 2024–25 Form 2 Estimated Testing Time for Grades Nine Through Twelve

Table 6. 2024–25 Form 2 Estimated Testing Time for Grades Nine Through Twelve

Grades 9–12 Minutes
Listening (Group administration) 15–25
Speaking (Individual administration) 10–20
Reading (Group administration) 15–45
Writing (Group administration) 15–50
Total estimated test administration time 55–140