Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQs page is designed to help you understand more about NFER Online Assessments and answer any questions you have regarding the price and purchase options available, the assessments, and technology and access setup.   

Page Contents

  1. Price and Purchase Questions
  2. Assessment Questions
  3. Technology and Access Questions
  4. Glossary of Terms

Price and Purchase Questions

What is the price of NOA?

Please see our tokens and subscriptions page for a price list.

Can we pay by invoice?

As with all NFER materials, payments can be taken via invoice or credit card.

What are the costs of NFER Online Assessments compared to the paper-based NFER tests?

The cost of either our paper and/or online assessments is likely to vary depending on several factors, for example your class/school sizes, use of teacher guides etc.

We would be very happy to advise further on the best product and price options for your class, school or trust. If you’d like to schedule a call to go into further detail on your options, please feel free to reach out to our Schools Partnership Manager, Nichola Giles at [email protected].

Can we purchase both paper and online assessments?

Both NOA and NFER’s paper-based assessments for years 1-6 can be used together to best suit the needs of your organisation.

For the live launch in September we will also share some guidance for NFER Analysis Tool users on interpreting data across both NOA assessments and NFER Tests.

I am a tutor/carer, can I purchase NOA?

NOA is only available for purchase by schools and Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) to ensure that results remain valid and robust.

Do I need to purchase a separate teacher guide?

No. NOA comes with an on-screen teacher administration guide included in the price to help teachers navigate their way easily through the assessments and Reporting Tool. These guides will be available via our Helpdesk page when the product launches in September.

How quickly do I get access to NOA after purchasing?

Upon purchasing NOA you will receive an email with your login details and information on how to access your school/trust’s account on the NOA Establishment Portal.

What is a token?

NFER Online Assessments (NOA) can be purchased as tokens or as a subscription. Each token represents one individual assessment. For example, a year 3, autumn, maths token will include access to the three test papers that comprise the overall assessment: arithmetic paper and mathematical reasoning papers 1 and 2.

Tokens can be purchased on a termly basis and there is no maximum limit to the number of tokens you can purchase.

How long are tokens valid for?

Tokens are valid for 365 days from the point of purchase.

How long are subscriptions valid for?

One-year subscriptions will be valid for 365 days from the point of purchase,

We plan to launch three-year subscriptions from autumn 2025 and these will be valid for 1095 days from the point of purchase.

Can I view a demonstration of NOA?

Yes, you can sign-up for your own video sample of either or both reading and maths materials and can also register for one of our free product webinars.

Assessment Questions

Is NOA replacing NFER Tests (paper-based)?

No. NOA adds to our existing portfolio of tests for key stage 2 to provide you with a choice of which format best suits your needs. 

Is NOA available in other year groups?

NOA tokens and subscriptions will be available for years 3 and 4 reading and maths from September 2024 with years 5 and 6 in reading and maths due for launch in autumn 2025.

Are the online assessments the same as the paper assessments or are they different?

Whilst both are curriculum-aligned, NFER Online Assessments has been designed specifically to cater to the online assessment experience; therefore, the design, format and structure of our online question types are different to those of our paper-based NFER Tests.

What percentage of assessment is auto-marked vs teacher-marked?

The majority of the test will be auto marked to save valuable teacher time. No more than 30% of the test will be teacher-marked to allow teachers to gain a first-hand view of pupil answers. Any reports relying on the standardisation data will not be available until all the tests are fully marked. Auto-marked answers will be available to view instantly.

We also have a small selection of auto-marked verified questions, these are auto-marked initially but teachers have the option to check they are happy with marks awarded/not awarded and make amendments if they wish.

We follow a particular curriculum, will we be able to use NOA?

NOA has been written for the current national curriculum and questions reflect what pupils should be familiar with by that time in the academic year. The standardisation sampling includes pupils following different curricula in individual schools. This helps produce valid standardised scores from a wide range of pupils.

Which reports are available once my pupils have completed their assessments?

In the initial suite of reports teachers will have access to six different reports including:

  1. Individual Attainment
  2. Attainment – summary
  3. Curriculum area – summary
  4. Curriculum area – all learners
  5. Question level – summary
  6. Question level – all learners

Additional reports will be launched throughout the academic years ahead and will include: Age-Related Expectations and Common Error Diagnostic reports.

When and how was NOA standardised?

The standardisation trials for years 3 and 4 took place in November 2022 (autumn), March 2023 (spring), and June 2023 (summer). Over 30,000 completed assessments made up the standardisation sample for years 3 and 4. 

The standardisation trials for years 5 and 6 will take place from November 2024.

How many maths tests are there? 

For years 3 and 4 maths assessments there are three tests: arithmetic, and reasoning 1 and 2 tests. 

How many reading texts are there in the reading assessment?

For each reading assessment there are four texts; two in test one and two in test two.

Is there a way to see children's standardised scores for all previous tests they have completed in previous terms/years all on one screen to see progress?

NFER is developing additional reports for future releases of NFER Online Assessments, which will be available in the Reporting Tool in 2025. Schools will be able to take a subsequent termly assessment and will be looking to compare performance. Attainment reports will show the standardised score of a learner selection or for an individual across all assessments they take, and the average standardised score or an individuals standardised score will be highlighted to show how it compares to the national average of the standardisation sample.

For the NFER paper-based tests there is a guide for how scores link to: working towards the expected standard (WTS), working at the expected standard (EXS), and working at greater depth within the expected standard (GDS); will this be given for these tests?

This guidance will be provided as part of our Age-Related Expectations reports which are due to be released in 2025. 

Is there an option for the children to show their working out in a column method in maths?

Pupils can present their working similar to a column method on paper or whiteboards and then transfer number sentences/calculations to the NOA tests on screen, as there is not an option for children to show a column method on screen.

How long will the tests take?

Year 3 mathematics Test 1 Arithmetic Test 2 Reasoning Test 3 Reasoning Total Assessment
Time 25 minutes 30 minutes 30 minutes 85 minutes
Marks 30 25 25 80


Year 3 reading Test 1 Test 2 Total - whole assessment
Time 45 minutes 45 minutes 90 minutes
Marks 24-25 25-26 50-51


Year 4 mathematics Test 1 Arithmetic Test 2 Reasoning Test 3 Reasoning Total - whole assessment
Time 25 minutes 35 minutes 35 minutes 95 minutes
Marks 35 30 30 95


Year 4 reading Test 1 Test 2 Total - whole assessment
Time 45 minutes 45 minutes 90 minutes
Marks 25 25 50


Technology and Access Questions

Which devices are compatible with NOA?

NOA can be used on either desktop or tablet Windows or Mac devices with the latest versions of either Chrome, Edge, Firefox or Safari.

If the children have touch screen laptops, can they write directly in the box for working out?

Pupils will be able to select the relevant answer box on-screen and then type in their answer.

Is there a way learners can hear the questions on the screen?

We recommend that a teacher or teaching assistant reads the question aloud to the relevant pupil(s) in a scenario like this; our online assessments do not currently include an audio track.

Can pupils use a drawing tool to draw their working in the box?

For ‘show your working’, pupils can enter their working using their keyboards. They are also able to select from the mathematical symbols on screen. Within the learner portal there is no drawing tool available.

Is the text / background colour changeable for visually stressed students?

Background and text colours are available for pupils to select in the following combinations.

  • Black text on white background
  • White text on black background

  • Black text on yellow background

  • Blue text on yellow background


Glossary of Terms

  • NOA Establishment Portal – the online platform where Admin and Establishment Teachers of NOA can administer all purchased NOA products, including adding new and amending existing users (in the case of Establishment Administrators), uploading class lists, launching assessments, and viewing assessment data and reports via the NOA Reporting Tool.

  • NOA Learner Portal - the online platform where learners undertake the NOA tests.

  • NOA Reporting Tool – this refers to the assessment reporting function that sits within the NOA Establishment Portal and where Establishment Administrators/Teachers Users can view data and reports based on completed NOA assessments. Note, this is not to be confused with the “NFER Tests Analysis Tool” which is a separate tool used to record results and view assessment data and reports for our paper-based assessments.

  • Passcodes - Passcodes are the passwords given to pupils to start their assessments. Teachers assign pupils passcodes from their pool of tokens or subscription (s) via the NOA Establishment Portal. Teachers can chose to select whether passcodes appear in either word or numerical format e.g. noatest for word; 304940 for numerical.

  • Subscription – a product option for customers who want to subscribe to one year’s/three years’ worth of NOA assessments. Each subscription will cover the subject and the three terms within the academic year: autumn, spring, and summer.

  • Token – a credit equivalent to the value of one assessment per pupil.

  • Test – an individual test being a component of an assessment e.g., maths, mathematical reasoning – paper 2.

Want to find out more about NOA?

Visit our NOA home-page to get your own video sample.