To meet their obligations under the UAE National Agenda schools are required to complete benchmark testing with CAT4 for designated cohorts / students at the start of the year. This must be followed by attainment & progress 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.
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
KHDA NAP Guidelines state that the following students should be tested:
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.
|Pre-A (to be updated by Y in 2020)||2||3|
|G||9 / 10 / 11||10 / 11 / 12|
The testing window is from 1 September 2019 to 31 October 2019.
Driven by the requirements of National Agenda Parameter testing, we are accelerating the transfer of CAT4 Level X & Y from paper to our digital platform, Testwise.
CAT4 Level X will be available for the 2019/20 testing window. CAT4 Level Y will be available for the 2020/21 testing window.
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.
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|
The testing window is from 15 April 2020 to 30 June 2020.
Schools that have not previously signed a data-release document will need to do so. All results must be made available to DSIB for further analysis.
If you have not yet done this, please sign and return a copy of our agreement.
During registration, schools must clearly identify all Emirati students. Click here for further guidance on how to achieve this on the Testwise platform.
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:
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:
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
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your testing requirements.
|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 benchmarking reports available|
|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|