National Agenda Parameter Testing in the UAE

To meet their obligations under the UAE National Agenda, schools in most Emirates 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 are awaiting confirmation of dates for testing for the new academic year 2020/2021. We will update this web page and get in touch by email as soon as we have details from the regulators.

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?

At the moment there are no formal testing windows for the PT - just the GL Education “best guidance”. Ideally schools should prepare to conduct the Progress Test Series as soon as they return in the new academic year. We would recommend that schools complete progress testing by the end of September to ensure that the data will provide maximum benefit for teaching students during 20/21.

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.