To meet their obligations under the UAE National Agenda schools are required to complete the SPEA approved Cognitive Test - CAT4 for designated cohorts / students at the start of the year. This must be followed by testing to benchmark attainment 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.
CAT4 is a mandatory assessment for private schools following an international curriculum.
Guidelines state that the following cohorts 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.
|F||8 /9||9 / 10|
|G||10 / 11||11 / 12|
The testing window is from 1 September 2019 to 30 November 2019.
We are transferring CAT4 Level X from paper to our digital platform, Testwise.
CAT4 Level X will be available for schools that wish to use it during the 2019/20 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 and IB 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.
SPEA Guidelines state that students in UK and IB curriculum schools, in the following grades/years, are required to complete benchmarking assessments in in maths, English and science:
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, whilst also facilitating monitoring of year-on-year progress through the standardised measures available in PT Series reporting.
|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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 the Northern Emirates 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 email@example.com with your testing requirements.
|01/06/2019||Orders now being taken for 2019/20 assessments|
|01/09/2019||Benchmark testing window opens|
|25/09/2019||CAT4 Level X Group Reports and excel files available to download|
|30/11/2019||Benchmark testing window closes|
|03/02/2020||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|