National Reference Test dates announced for 2023

Press Release

Monday 26 September 2022

The dates of the annual National Reference Test (NRT) have been announced by Ofqual. It will be held between 20 February and 03 March 2023.

Ofqual and NFER are writing to the schools selected to take part this year, to explain what’s required. NFER will work closely with schools to make involvement in the NRT as easy as possible.

The first NRT was taken in 2017 by 341 schools and nearly 18,000 GCSE students. Each year, a sample of year 11 students in England will take the same test so it will show, over time, if there is any change in how students perform at a national level. The results are considered by Ofqual and the exam boards prior to GCSEs being awarded.

For more information about the NRT please visit the National Reference Test: information - GOV.UK  or visit National Reference Test 2023 information for schools - GOV.UK.