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National Tests

All children in Years 2 to 9 across Wales sit tests in reading and maths. These tests are designed to find how children are doing in their learning and which children may need extra help and which children may need more challenging work. 


At Ton Yr Ywen we prepare children for the tests so they know what the tests are for and what format they will take. We do not spend more time on this than absolutely necessary, as 'teaching to the test' creates misleading scores for many children and narrows the curriculum.


This section of the website gives parents more information about the tests. There are also links to some sample tests, which you might like to try out with your children. 



Reading Test


 The reading tests are made up of short questions based on two or more texts. Some of the questions check how well the text has been understood, others aim to find out if children are able to make judgements about what they are reading.


Before the start of the test, children can try out some practice questions so that they will know what the different types of questions are like and what they may be asked.


Each test takes up to an hour but younger children can take a break part-way through.


Numeracy Tests


There are two kinds of numeracy tests.


1. The procedural test measures skills in things like numbers, measuring and data.


2. The reasoning test measures how well children can use what they know to solve everyday problems.


Each of the numeracy tests takes up to half an hour, but again, younger children can take a break during the tests.

Reading and Numeracy test results - animated guide for parents/carers

This short animation talks parents/carers through the National Reading and Numeracy Test reports.