National Agenda Testing in Sharjah

Following the disruptions caused by COVID-19 the data from all of GL Education's recommended assessments will support schools with understanding students’ current levels of attainment, identifying any gaps in knowledge across core subjects and aiding curriculum planning and intervention strategies. Find out more here.

Ability testing with CAT4 – academic year 2020/21

The window for CAT4 ability testing will be 30th August 2020 – 17th December 2020.

Schools are required to test students with CAT4 for Grades 3, 5, 7 and 9 or Years 4, 6, 8 and 10.

New schools that have not administered CAT4 before are advised to test all their students from Grades 3 to 9 / Years 4 to 10.

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 2020/21

At the end of academic year 2020/21, students should be tested with the appropriate test for their grade / year in May 2021. This will allow progress to be measured for the full academic year. SPEA have announced that all students in Grades 3-9 or Years 4-10 should take Progress Tests in English, Mathematics and Science.

To support schools in Sharjah, our Progress Tests in maths, English and science are available for schools following the UK and IB curriculums.

Mandated attainment testing at the end of the academic year 2020/21 will take place in May/June 2021.

To make Progress Tests part of a high-quality, inclusive and consistent whole-school system for assessing and monitoring student progress, the use of PT Series tests with all students in Years 4-10 would provide a consistent measure of attainment, helping schools to determine the impact of the prolonged period of home study followed by the long summer vacation. The data will also support the measuring of year-on-year progress through the standardised measures available in PT Series reporting at the end of the academic year.

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 2020-21 should sit the level 11 tests in May/June 2021.

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. You can find out more about the Testwise minimum system requirements here:


Testing window

Summer Progress Test Series 2021:

2nd May to 17th June 2021


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 September 2020). Please note that all PT Series test data (including archived data) will be shared with the regulator.

Complete Data Sharing Agreement here

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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.


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