Enter the book level and the number of words in the book into the Calculator. The calculator will evaluate the Accelerated Reader Points. 

Accelerated Reader Points Formula

ARP = [(10+BL)/10] * (W/10000)


  • ARP is the Accelerated Reader Points (points)
  • BL is the book level
  • W is the number of words in the book

To calculate Accelerated Reader Points, add 10 to the book level, divide this result by 10, then multiply by the number of words over 10,000.

How to Calculate Accelerated Reader Points?

The following steps outline how to calculate the Accelerated Reader Points.

  1. First, determine the book level. 
  2. Next, determine the number of words in the book. 
  3. Next, gather the formula from above = ARP = [(10+BL)/10] * (W/10000).
  4. Finally, calculate the Accelerated Reader Points.
  5. After inserting the variables and calculating the result, check your answer with the calculator above.

Example Problem : 

Use the following variables as an example problem to test your knowledge.

book level = 2.5

number of words in the book = 2000


What is the purpose of Accelerated Reader Points?
Accelerated Reader Points are designed to motivate students to read more and improve their reading skills by assigning points to books based on their complexity and length. The points can then be used to assess a student’s reading progress.

How does the book level (BL) affect the number of Accelerated Reader Points earned?
The book level (BL) represents the complexity of the text. Higher book levels indicate more complex reading material, which, when combined with the length of the book, can result in more Accelerated Reader Points being awarded to encourage reading at appropriate challenge levels.

Can Accelerated Reader Points be used to assess a student’s reading level?
While Accelerated Reader Points primarily serve to motivate reading and track the quantity of reading, they can also provide insights into a student’s reading preferences and potential areas for improvement when analyzed alongside other assessment tools.

Are there any resources available to help find the book level and word count of books?
Yes, many educational websites and libraries provide databases that list the book level and word count for a vast number of books. These resources can be invaluable when planning to use the Accelerated Reader Points system effectively.