How does WELL work?

Once the test is purchased, an email is sent from Bolster Learning Systems with a screening code and a link to WELL. The characters, Trip and Click, instruct and guide the child through the entire screening.

The child takes the test using a computer or tablet connected to the Internet. The adult giving the test connects to a simple Scoring Form online using a smart phone, tablet, or computer. Some subtests are scored automatically. Others require the helper to check a box next to every answer the child says correctly. The Scoring Form shows you exactly what the child must say. After taking the test and submitting the Scoring Form, the results section appears instantly detailing the child’s learning profile along with links to Next Steps: games, learning materials, and help finding the right professional to consult in any skill area identified as a weakness to bolster.

Who can administer the WELL screening?

The characters in the animation administer the items on the test for consistency and uniformity. An adult is present to monitor the process and score the child’s responses. Interpretation of the results is done by a qualified professional (see Terms of Use and Privacy Statement).

When should the assessment be completed?

The WELL screening identifies key kindergarten skills and can be administered to children:

  • 1. At the end of preschool to determine kindergarten readiness.
  • 2. Throughout kindergarten to monitor academic growth.
  • 3. Prior to starting first grade to identify lingering areas of weakness.

How long does it take to administer the WELL screening?

On average, it takes about 20 minutes to complete the screening. The child may need more or less time depending on his/her capabilities. Let the child determine the pace of the assessment.

How is performance measured?

The child’s performance is compared to normative research and grade norms and placed into one of three categories: A Strength to Celebrate, On Track, or a Weakness to Bolster. A Weakness to Bolster may simply indicate that more exposure to a skill area(s) is needed. If the child performs below expectations on three or more subtests of the Well screening, enrichment in these areas should be initiated and further testing should be considered if there are concerns.

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What kinds of devices does WELL run on?

The child takes the test using a PC, Mac or tablet and should view the screen in “landscape” or “wide” orientation. The child should not use a smartphone to take the test. A second device is needed to score the assessment. The Scoring Form can be run on a smartphone, tablet or computer. We recommend that you run the WELL screening and Scoring Form on a computer or device that meets one of these requirements.

Mac or Windows PC

If you are using a desktop or laptop computer, make sure it has speakers, JavaScript enabled, and one of the following operating systems:

Windows 7 or newer
Mac OS 10.9 or newer

Use one of the following Mac or PC browsers:
Chrome 40 or newer
Internet Explorer 9 or newer
Safari 7 or newer
Firefox 40 or newer

iPad or iPhone

Use iOS 7 or newer with Safari browser.

Android Device

Use Android 5.0 or newer with Chrome browser 40 or newer.


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(Your Screening Code is emailed to you after you purchase the WELL screening.)