NFER Tests Suite 2 autumn and autumn

Tests for monitoring pupil progress

Frequently asked questions

What sort of results will be available from NFER Tests Suite 2?
How can NFER Tests Suite 1 be mapped to the new curriculum?
Can we continue using the current NFER Tests?
Can we go from using Suite 1 to Suite 2?
What are the key differences between Suite 1 and Suite 2?
Has NFER produced a baseline assessment scheme?
Do you have any other materials to support assessment?

What sort of results will be available from NFER Tests Suite 2?

NFER Tests Suite 2 has been fully aligned with the 2014 national curriculum and is being standardised with pupils being taught this curriculum. They provide scaled scores, age-standardised scores and age-related expectation outcomes to help track pupil progress and identify strengths and weaknesses.

How can NFER Tests Suite 1 be mapped to the new curriculum?

The questions in the NFER Tests Suite 1 mathematics tests have been mapped to the 2014 curriculum. These mapping leaflets are available on the NFER portal for current users and as an insert in the teachers’ guides for new customers. From 2014, in the KS2 tests, pupils are not allowed to use a calculator. As a result of this change, the calculator paper in the Year 5 NFER maths test has been re-standardised so that it matches the new end of KS2 test format. The provision of age-standardised scores will enable pupils’ progress to be tracked from previous years’ tests.

For the reading tests we have made no adjustments, as the coverage is appropriate for the new curriculum for English. That means that teachers can continue to record age-standardised scores and national curriculum sublevels if they so wish.

Can we continue using the current tests?

NFER Tests Suite 1 is still available while stocks last. More information on availability is on our Suite 1 page.

Can we go from using Suite 1 to Suite 2?

Yes. You will have the ability to track/measure pupil progress between NFER Tests Suite 1 and NFER Tests Suite 2 due to the large nationally representative samples. For example, pupils who have taken a test from Suite 1 in Year 3 can take the Year 4 test from Suite 2 and progress can be demonstrated/measured through their standardised scores.

What are the key differences between Suite 1 and Suite 2?

Suite 2 is fully aligned to the 2014 national curriculum, unlike Suite 1 which was written for the previous curriculum. The outcomes will indicate whether pupils are meeting age-related expectations. Suite 2 also provides two sets of tests, one for use in the summer term and one for use in the autumn term to help measure pupil progress. In addition Suite 2 also includes the following new features:

Has NFER produced a baseline assessment scheme?

Yes, NFER has developed a baseline assessment scheme for use on children's entry to Reception. This is currently being used by schools and is available to order here.

Do you have any other materials to support assessment?

We have also produced a set of four guides to support the teacher assessment of writing, especially grammar, at KS2.

We have produced a set of three standardised spelling tests for use in Year 5. These are mapped to the new curriculum and will include some diagnostic information to inform teaching and learning. These are available to order now.