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National Reading & Numeracy Tests

Children in Year 2 to 9 sit national tests in reading and numeracy each year.  It is really important that your child is in school in order to take the tests.


In academic year 2019/20, all learners in Years 2 to 9 are required to take the online National Numeracy Personalised Assessments (Procedural) and the online National Reading Personalised Assessments, as well as the paper-based National Numeracy Tests (Reasoning).


Please watch a short Welsh Government video which will explain this in more detail:


For all schools in Wales, the paper-based National Numeracy (Reasoning) tests will take place between April 28 and the 5th May 2020.  We kindly request that you make every effort to ensure your child is in school during this important period. Schools have the flexibility to schedule the personalised assessments in Numeracy (Procedural) and Reading at a point during the academic year that they consider most beneficial to inform learning and teaching. It is not necessary for schools to schedule assessments during the test window for the paper-based National Numeracy Tests (Reasoning).


The National Tests are for formative use so that teachers in all  schools have information on the reading and numeracy skills of their learners and a common understanding of strengths and areas for improvement in these skills. They are focused on understanding learner progress, and not school performance or accountability.


For more information about the tests, please read this guide: National Test Information for Parents 2019


National (online) Reading Test

The reading tests will now take the form of "Online Personalised Assessments" Children will therefore be allocated questions the difficulty of which will be based on how they have answered previous questions. At the start of the assessment the learner will receive either a sentence completion question or a short text with three associated questions. Subsequent texts and questions are selected from the bank based on the learner’s answers to the previous questions. For example, if a learner is presented with a text and three associated questions, the system will evaluate the responses they have given to the questions and then select a more challenging text and group of questions or an easier text and group of questions as appropriate. Learners will work at their own pace


National Numeracy (Procedural)

The procedural tests now take the form of “Online Personalised Assessments”.  Children will therefore be allocated questions, the difficulty of which will be based on how they have answered previous questions.  No child is therefore likely to complete exactly the same set of questions as another child


National Numeracy (Reasoning)

The reasoning tests are year-group specific.  They measure how well children are able to use their numeracy skills to solve everyday problems.  The children are allocated 30 minutes to complete the test.  Younger children will be given breaks during each section of the test. In the academic year 2019-20 this is paper based test. 


Supporting your Child

There is no need for your child to prepare for the tests at home.  The tests are just one piece of evidence about your child’s skills.  The best way to prepare your child is to make sure that they are not worried or anxious.  Class teachers will provide children with example questions throughout the year so that the children become familiar with the layout and structure of questions etc.including online familiarisation tests,  which should alleviate any worries they may have.

Reading regularly with your child and talking about the book, completing allocated books and numeracy games on Active Learn (Reading Bugs & Abacus Maths) will also support your child by familiarising them with the type of questions that they will be asked to answer.





National Test Sample Papers




Reading and Numeracy test results - animated guide for parents/carers


This short animation talks parents/carers through the National Reading and Numeracy Test reports.

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