National Reference Test dates announced for 2020

Monday 7 October 2019

The date of the fourth annual National Reference Test (NRT) has been announced by The Department for Education and The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual). It will be held between 24 February and 6 March 2020.

Letters regarding the arrangements for next year's test are being sent by Ofqual and NFER, 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.

For more information about the NRT please visit the NRT document collection: