National Agenda Parameter Testing in the UAE

To meet their obligations under the UAE National Agenda, schools in the UAE are required to carry out formal assessment of students according to guidance from their school’s regulator.

This typically consists of ability testing at the start of the academic year followed by attainment and progress testing at the end. Because schools were closed at the end of the academic year 2019/20 the attainment testing that should have taken place during May & June will now take place when schools re-open in September and students will be tested with the same levels that they would have taken during May & June.

Select the appropriate link below for guidance in your Emirate which will be updated with the academic year 2020-21 testing information as soon as we receive it.


What are the new NAP testing requirements for 2020/2021?

We currently have the testing requirements for the new academic year 2020/2021 for Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and the Northern Emirates. We are awaiting confirmation of dates for testing in Sharjah. Please click on the individual pages below to view confirmed testing requirements.

When should we update our CSV file, in summer prior to the new academic year or after we have administered the delayed PT testing?

Schools should update their CSV file this term or prior to the start of the new academic year. Updating this information after testing in September may lead to complications with analysing your school’s data.

With the Progress Tests that were due to take place in May 2020 being postponed to the autumn term of 2020-21 academic year, when exactly should we administer the Progress Tests?

As soon as schools return for the new academic year they should prepare to conduct the Progress Test Series in September and we would recommend that they are completed by the end of October to ensure that the data will provide maximum benefit for teaching students during academic year 2020/21.

If students starting Year 7 this September take the PT Series, should we get them to use the test they would have taken at the end of Year 6 (PT11) or the PT 11T?

Schools need to ensure students take the level they would have taken in the summer, therefore they should use the PT11 for the new Year 7 students as this is what would have been conducted at the end of Year 6 ( in the summer). Do not use the 11T version. 

When carrying out delayed mandatory PT Series testing in September, should I include new students that have just joined our school?

Yes, all students should be tested at the start of the new academic year using the tests that they would have sat if you had tested in May/June. This will set a baseline for their studies in academic year 2020-21 and quickly help identify where there may be underlying gaps in the new students’ learning.

We are offering our students the choice of attending lessons in school or continuing to study from home. How should we administer assessments in this situation?

We recommend that schools organise dedicated assessment days for students who are studying at home to allow them to carry out formal assessments. This may involve additional social distancing measures or timetable changes but ensuring consistency of testing conditions for all students will simplify the analysis of data across cohorts and help the identification of each student’s learning priorities.

Can the PT Series assessments be taken on an iPad or tablet?

No, 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:

Can we conduct your assessments remotely for students studying at home?

No. As with any high stakes standardised assessment, all of our assessments (including the Cognitive Abilities Test, the Progress Test Series and the Pupil Attitudes to Self and School) should be undertaken in school under controlled testing conditions in order to replicate the conditions in which the assessments were standardised. They cannot be undertaken remotely. This is to maintain the integrity of your assessment data as remote testing does not provide the same secure and stable testing environment you have at school.