National Agenda Parameter Testing in Dubai – 2019 / 2020

To meet their obligations under the UAE National Agenda, schools are required to complete cognitive ability testing with CAT4 for designated cohorts / students at the start of the year. This must be followed by benchmark testing at the end of the academic year.

The information on this page is intended to support you to successfully complete testing with your students, but please do not hesitate to get in touch with us if there is any further information you need.

Ability testing with CAT4

All schools must carry out ability testing with CAT4.

“The introduction of the Cognitive Ability Test (CAT 4), in particular, has been an innovative addition that has allowed all schools to identify students’ potential to learn and achieve.”

KHDA International Assessment Team

Which students to test:

KHDA NAP Guidelines state that the following students should be tested:

  • All students in Year 2 / Grade 1
  • Students in Years 4-10 / Grades 3-9 who have not previously been tested with CAT4
  • Students that do not have a CAT4 score from the past two years

Schools that wish to test other grades, in addition to the target grades, are welcome to do so. This is educationally beneficial as it will provide schools with a more holistic picture of their students’ performance.

Students that have EAL may benefit from getting refreshed CAT4 data every second year as their verbal reasoning in English develops.

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

Testing window:

The testing window is from 1 September 2019 to 31 October 2019.

About CAT4 Level X:

Driven by the requirements of National Agenda Parameter testing, we are accelerating the transfer of CAT4 Level X from paper to our digital platform, Testwise.

CAT4 Level X will be available for the 2019/20 testing window. 

More information about CAT4 Level X

Benchmark testing with the PT Series

All schools are required to carry out attainment assessment with their students in mathematics, science and English. 

To support schools to meet these requirements, our Progress Tests in maths, English and science are available for schools following UK, IB, Pakistani, Canadian and Philippine curriculums.

As well as generating year-on-year progress reports, schools can generate automatic combination reports which combine their existing CAT4 data with the data from the Progress Tests, to identify whether students are making expected levels of progress and whether attainment is at, below or above expectations.

Which students to test:

KHDA NAP Guidelines state that all students from Grade 3 / Year 4 to Grade 9 / Year 10 should be tested in maths, English and science.

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

Testing window:

The testing window is from 15 April 2020 to 30 June 2020.

Data Sharing Agreement and Declaration of Use

All schools are required to sign and return a data sharing agreement, in order to receive their bespoke reporting and analysis to support evaluations.

If you have not yet done this, please contact us on

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.

Webinar – updating for new academic year.

Training Workshops

We are running an extensive series of training workshops in Dubai and the UAE as a whole to support effective use of data. Find out more on the links below:

Product Support

For additional information about administering the tests, understanding the reports and explanations of key concepts, please refer to the product support pages on our website:

Technical Support

During the testing windows, we will be extending our office hours in order to provide technical support when needed. Please note: all times are UK times.

Benchmark testing window:
Our extended hours begin on 1st September.
Sun: 5.30 am – 12.30 pm
Mon – Thurs 5:30 am – 5 pm
Fri: 9am - 5pm
+44 (0)330 123 5375

Progress testing window:
Our extended hours begin on 15th April.
Sun: 5.30 am – 12.30 pm
Mon – Thurs 7 am – 5 pm
Fri: 9am - 5pm 
+44 (0)330 123 5375

How to order

Email with your testing requirements.

Assessment calendar 2019 / 2020

01/06/2019 Orders now being taken for 2019/20 assessments
01/09/2019 Benchmark testing window opens
11/09/2019 CAT4 & Data Triangulation workshops, Dubai
25/09/2019 CAT4 Level X Group Reports and excel files available to download
27/10/2019 CAT4 & Data Triangulation workshops, Dubai
31/10/2019 Benchmark testing window closes
19/11/2019 Data Triangulation workshops, Dubai
05/01/2020 CAT4 reports to support evaluation
15/04/2020 Attainment testing window opens
31/05/2020 Individual CAT4 Level X reports available
30/06/2020 Attainment testing window closes
23/08/2020 Attainment testing benchmarking reports available