National Agenda Testing in Northern Emirates

Guidance for testing with GL Education’s assessments is set out below along with recommendations for additional assessments that will help schools in developing a more complete picture of their students’ learning needs.

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 window

The testing window for CAT4 testing opens on 29th August and closes on 18th November 2021.

The testing window for Progress Test Series testing opens on 8th May 2023 and will close on 30th June.

Ability testing with CAT4 – academic year 2022/23

The window for CAT4 ability testing will be  29th August  2022 – 18th  November  2022. 

We recommend schools test with CAT4 this academic year in order to attain a reliable measure of their students’ ability. Testing with CAT4 will provide you with a unique profile of your students’ strengths and areas for development, ensuring that you know your students’ potential and can therefore set challenging but realistic targets. 

The recommended grades for CAT4 testing are 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 for each 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

We encourage all schools carry out standardised benchmark assessments with their students in mathematics, science, and English. 

The testing should take place between 8th May and 30th June 2023.

Find out more about the Progress Test Series here

Which students to test in April/June

To support schools in the Northern Emirates, our Progress Tests in maths, English and science have been mandated by the MoE for schools following the UK and IB curriculums. 

The MOE expect schools to test students in the following grades/years:

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

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

Find out more about the Progress Test Series here

Year (UK)

Grade (IB, Others)

Level: Progress Test Maths

Progress Test English

Progress Test Science

2

1

7

7

n/a

3

2

8

8

8

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 2021-22 should sit the level 11 tests in April-June 2022.

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 Data Sharing 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.