National Agenda Testing in Dubai

For the academic year 2022-23 all private schools in Dubai, should be using a curriculum-specific assessment, along with cognitive ability tests and reading skills tests, that give data to provide schools with the tools to develop a comprehensive assessment plan tailored to students’ educational needs, as well as to triangulate all assessment information. This plan should help schools to monitor more effectively and support better learning outcomes.

The priorities for KHDA are that schools:

  • Help school leaders and teachers establish a baseline of their students’ cognitive potential and achievement over time, and to facilitate necessary modifications to their learning 
  • Support schools to better understand the extent to which the achievements of students are aligned to their cognitive potential 
  • Help validate the school’s internal attainment and progress data 
  • Support schools with their whole school self-evaluation and improvement planning 
  • Facilitate KHDA’s role in (i) monitoring and quality assurance of schools and (ii) supporting national and Dubai priorities and strategies

The recommended components supplied by GL Education are:

  • Reading skills - NGRT - To be carried out 3 times in the academic year
  • Potential to learn – CAT4 
  • Academic achievement – PT Series 

Please note that Testwise, the GL online testing platform, has been updated. The URL is https://www.testwise.com. When using the updated platform for the first time, you will be asked to update your password. Further information can be found here.

Testing windows

Assessment

Window Opens

Window Closes

NGRT Form A

29th August 2022

21st October 2022

CAT4

29th August 2022 

18th November 2022 

NGRT Form B

2nd January 2023

10th February 2023

NGRT Form C

17th April 2023

2nd June 2023

Progress Test Series

1st May 2023

30th June 2023 

Reading skills testing with NGRT – academic year 2022-23

The 3 testing windows for this year’s literacy testing are 29th August to 21st October 2022, 2nd January to 10th February 2023, and 17th April to 2nd June 2023.

The KHDA expects schools to test all Grades/Years from Grade 1/Year 2 up to Grade 9/Year 10.

Testing should be carried out using Form A in the first testing window, Form B in the second, and Form C in the third.

Further information regarding NGRT can be found  here.

Potential to Learn Testing with CAT4 – academic year 2022-23

The testing window for this year’s ability testing is from 29th August to 18th November 2022. 

The KHDA expect schools to test students from the following Grades/Years: 

Grades 3, 5, 7 and 9 or  Years 4, 6, 8 and 10. 

New schools that have not previously tested with CAT4 are advised to test all their students from grade 3-9 (years 4 -10). 

Schools that use CAT4 are eligible to use GL Education’s Value Added service, at no additional cost. Find out more here.

Refer to the table below to identify the appropriate test level for each grade/year.

CAT4 Level

Grade

Year

X

1

2

Pre-A

2

3

A

3

4

B

4

5

C

5

6

D

6

7

E

7

8

F

8 /9

9 / 10

G

10 / 11

11 / 12

Benchmark testing with the PT Series – academic year 2022-23

At the end of academic year 2022-23, students should be tested with the appropriate test for that grade / year. This will allow progress to be measured for the full academic year. Testing should take place between 8th May and 30th June 2023.

KHDA recommend that all students in Grades 3 – 9 (Years 4 – 10) take the Progress Test Series in mathematics, science, and English in May – June 2022.

Our Progress Tests in maths, English and science are available for schools following UK, IB, Pakistani, Canadian, and Philippine curriculums.

Find out more about the Progress Test Series here.

Refer to the table below to identify the appropriate test for each Grade / Year

Year (UK)

Grade (IB, Others)

Level: Progress Test Maths

Progress Test English

Progress Test Science

4

3

9

9

9

5

4

10

10

10

6

5

11

11

11

7

6

12

12

Not Required

8

7

13

13

13

9

8

14

14

14

10

9

15

15

15

Individual student example

A student who is in Year 6 for academic year 2022-23 should sit the level 11 tests in May-June 2023.

Please note:

The PT Series assessments are currently not compatible with iPads or tablet and must be administered using a desktop computer or a laptop only. Please ensure that the screen is kept at 100% zoom. You can find out more about the Testwise minimum system requirements here.

Level 11T is not available for use in the UAE.

Data Sharing Agreement and Declaration of Use

All schools are required to sign and return a data sharing agreement. This enables us to share assessment data with school inspectors and regulators to support school evaluation. Bespoke inspection reports cannot be shared with you until we have received a revised agreement (signed after 20th August 2020). Please note that all PT Series test data (including archived data) will be shared with the regulator.

Complete DataSharing Agreement here.

If you have any queries about data sharing, please contact us on [email protected]

Updating Student Records

During registration, schools must clearly identify all Emirati students. Click here for further guidance on how to achieve this on the Testwise platform.

Please see the video below for guidance on updating your student records. 

Training

We offer a wide range of online training courses to support schools in using individual assessments as well as in analysing data from a wide range of tests to gain greater insight. With options including timetabled presentations, moderated courses with flexible working and completely self-guided content it’s easy to find a course that suits your needs and schedule.

This year we are also offering a range of training opportunities for schools in the UAE. These are available for you to register now and will cover:

Testwise: Updating for the new academic year

PASS: Identifying learning and wellbeing priorities

CAT4: Getting more from your data

NGRT: Using data to support literacy

Find out about all our other training courses here.

Product Support

Technical Support

During the testing window we will be extending our office hours between 4th April and 30th June 2022. Our additional hours will be as per the below (all times are GMT):

Technical Support

Telephone: +44 (0)330 123 5375 (option 3, then option 1)

Email: [email protected]  

Monday – Thurs: 5.30am – 5pm (GMT)Friday – 5.30am – 2pm (GMT)

International Customer Support (advice on testing or buying tests):

Monday - Friday: 7:30am – 4pm (GMT)

Telephone: +44 (0)208 996 3369 (option 1, then option 1)

Email: [email protected]

How to order

Email [email protected] with your testing requirements.