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CEM Tests – ASPECTS, BASE and INCAS. What are they and how to prepare?

A number of you have been in touch regarding the tests created by the Centre of Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM). These include ASPECTS, BASE and INCAS. We’ve therefore included some information below about each of these assessments.

 

If your child is going to sit one of these tests and you feel they would benefit from some familiarisation or preparation, please get in touch as we’ve partnered with an excellent educational consultant who will be able to help.

 

Nursery (ASPECTS) Ages 3-4

 

Assessments are administered at the start and end of pre-reception and take approximately 20 minutes. They are computer based and presented in an engaging, fun, age appropriate way.

 

The questions are adapted to a child’s level as the tests progress and become easier or more challenging depending on how the child answers.

 

They have been designed to help identify a child’s ability, the progress made and if and where they may need more guidance and support depending on when the test is taken.

 

The tests will focus on the EYFS primary areas of learning and development – Literacy, Numeracy, Motor Development, Personal, Social and Emotional development and will help compare the child’s progress against other children of the same age (in literacy and maths).

 

Parents are therefore able to gain an understanding of both the academic ability and underlying potential of a child compared to their peers. A full and comprehensive individual report will be produced which will be discussed in detail with the parents on a separate date. Advice on school choices and individual learning plans will also be discussed in the course of the parent meeting. 

 

Reception  (BASE) Ages 4-5

 

Assessments are conducted at the beginning and end of reception and take around 20 – 25 minutes to complete. They are computer based and presented as a story-based exercise which covers the Early Years Curriculum.

 

Ability and progress in early literacy, early numeracy, communication & language, and Personal Social and Emotional Development are assessed. Similar to ASPECTS, it helps identify ability, progress and areas of development.

 

The questions are adapted to a child’s level as the tests progress and become easier or more challenging depending on how the child answers.

 

It is an objective, independent assessment that will indicate levels attained in literacy and maths development and will help identify a child’s ability, the progress made and if and where they may need more guidance and support.

 

Parents will be provided with an in depth report which will also highlight the EYFS prime areas of learning and development and will provide indicators as to what the levels of development are for children in both literacy and maths and how those levels compare with other children in the class and to national averages.  Progress will be shown for all areas including literacy, numeracy, personal, social and emotional development. 

 

Advice on school choices and individual learning plans will also be discussed in the course of the parent meeting. 

 

Year 1 to Year 6 (InCAS) Ages 5 – 11

 

Tests are conducted annually. The assessments help identify development in key areas and is a computer based assessment accompanied by audio instructions. Areas that will be assessed, include Reading, Spelling, Mathematics, Mental Arithmetic, Developed Ability and Attitudes. The assessment will take approximately 1.5  – 2 hours.

 

Parents will be provided with a comprehensive, in depth report that includes age-standardised and age-equivalent scores which compare children’s performance to average performance across the UK by age and provides diagnostic information on the strengths and areas needing improvement of pupils in literacy and maths.

 

Other Cognitive Assessments and Additional Assessments

 

Educational Psychologist Assessments.

 

Additional screener assessments (dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, working memory, processing speed, handwriting speed and sensory needs).

 

Intervention programmes such as Cogmed and Memory Booster.

 

Accelerated Learning Plans – personalised plans devised by an educational psychologist to accelerate your child’s learning and to support any areas of specific need. (This is also a unique USP compared to other companies – the level of detail we can gather through the assessment is much more advanced, leading to appropriate intervention options.)

 

The Cognitive and Additional Assessments can be carried out on the same day or on a different day depending on parent preference. Conclusions, suggestions and learning plans will be included in the parent report should these options be chosen. 

 

To book any of the assessments listed above please get in touch right away.

 

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