Teachers can set the ERT modules to linked mode or independent mode.

Linked mode is the default setting. In linked mode, students complete an Early Words set of four words, then complete an Early Story containing those four words, and then write an Early Writing story. On the student dashboard, students see one button for Early Reading Trio. However, they will see separate areas for progress reporting, and time for each module will be tracked separately. Students do not repeat words in linked mode.

Independent mode allows students to work in each module independently. The student sees a separate button for each module on the dashboard and completes sessions based on teacher settings. Each session is timed separately for each module. Students repeat words and stories daily in independent mode, according to teacher settings.