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National Reference Test dates announced for 2018

18 September 2017

The date of the second annual National Reference Test (NRT) has been announced today (September 18) by The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual). It will be held between 19 February and 2 March 2018.

Letters regarding the arrangements for next year's test are being sent by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), the delivery partner for Ofqual, to the 350 schools selected to take part.

The first NRT was held in February and March 2017 and involved 341 schools and nearly 18,000 GCSE students. Each year, a sample of GCSE students will take the same test so it will show, over time, if there is any change in how students perform at a national level. It is expected that it will be 2019 at the earliest before exam boards will start to use the information from the NRT when they award GCSEs.

For more information about the NRT please visit the NRT document collection or visit the NFER website.