Diagnostic guidance provided with NFER Tests

NFER Tests teacher guides are available for each year, term and subject and provide comprehensive guidance for administering and marking the assessments. In addition, valuable diagnostic guidance is provided in the teacher guides for many of our tests, including:

  • spring term materials across all years and subjects
  • grammar & punctuation and spelling materials 
  • year 6 autumn and spring materials.

This diagnostic guidance will help you anticipate the types of error your pupils are likely to make, to identify gaps in learning and inform your teaching.

Diagnostic commentaries have been provided for test questions for which pupils in our sample systematically made similar errors and demonstrate widespread misunderstanding or misconceptions. The percentage of pupils who answered the question correctly is shown alongside information about common errors and implications for teaching.

Diagnostic guidance example materials

Click on the samples below to view the types of diagnostic guidance you will find in the teacher guides.

Year 1 Reading paper 1 mark scheme with diagnostic guidance (spring)
Year 2 Reading paper 1 mark scheme with diagnostic guidance (spring)

Year 2 Reading paper 2 mark scheme with diagnostic guidance (spring)
Year 2 Reasoning mark scheme with diagnostic guidance (spring)
Year 2 Arithmetic mark scheme with diagnostic guidance (spring)
Year 3 Reading mark scheme with diagnostic guidance (spring)
Year 4 Grammar and punctuation mark scheme with diagnostic guidance (autumn)
Year 5 Mathematics marks scheme with diagnostic guidance (spring)
Year 6 Reasoning mark scheme with diagnostic guidance
Year 6 Arithmetic mark scheme with diagnostic guidance
Year 6 Grammar and punctuation diagnostic guidance
Year 6 Spelling diagnostic guidance

To view the quality and content typical of all NFER Test materials, all supported by a free online analysis tool, you can download our sample materials brochure here or view a full range sample materials for years 1-6 here.