Testing to Support National Agenda Targets in Sharjah

Due to school closures during May and June, Progress Test Series testing that did not take place for the 2019/20 academic year can now take place in the autumn term of the 2020/21 academic year.

Following the disruptions caused by COVID-19 the data from these recommended assessments will support schools with understanding students’ current levels of attainment, identifying any gaps in knowledge across core subjects and aiding curriculum planning and intervention strategies. Find out more here.

To help schools start to plan for the coming academic year, the windows for this delayed testing as well as the proposed testing windows for the usual ability and attainment testing are set out below.

Ability testing with CAT4 – academic year 2020/21

The window for CAT4 ability testing will be 30th August 2020 – 17th December 2020.

Schools are required to test students with CAT4 for Grades 3, 5, 7 and 9 or Years 4, 6, 8 and 10.

New schools that have not administered CAT4 before are advised to test all their students from Grades 3 to 9 / Years 4 to 10.

Refer to the table below to identify the appropriate test for each year.

CAT4 Level Grade Year
X 1 2
Pre-A 2 3
A 3 4
B 4 5
C 5 6
D 6 7
E 7 8
F 8 /9 9 / 10
G 10 / 11 11 / 12


Benchmark testing with the PT Series – academic year 2020/21

Mandated testing for mathematics, science and English that did not take place at the end of the 2019/20 academic year due to school closures can now be taken at the start of the new academic year. We highly recommend that you complete testing with the Progress Test Series where possible. The testing window has been extended to allow you more time to test your students and it will now close on 27th November

To support schools in Sharjah, our Progress Tests in maths, English and science are available for schools following the UK and IB curriculums.

Mandated attainment testing at the end of the academic year 2020/21 will take place in May/June 2021.

Which students to test in October/November:

Students in UK and IB curriculum schools, that were in the grades / years below during academic year 2019-20 should be tested with the test that they would have sat at the end of that academic year.

  • Grades 3, 5, 7 and 9 or
  • Years 4, 6, 8 and 10

Refer to the table below to identify the appropriate test for each grade / year that students were in at the end of the last academic year.

Additional Testing:

To make Progress Tests part of a high-quality, inclusive and consistent whole-school system for assessing and monitoring student progress, the use of PT Series tests with all students in Years 4-10 would provide a consistent measure of attainment, helping schools to determine the impact of the prolonged period of home study followed by the long summer vacation. The data will also support the measuring of year-on-year progress through the standardised measures available in PT Series reporting at the end of the academic year.

Year (UK) Grade (IB, Others) Level: Progress Test Maths Progress Test English Progress Test Science
2 1 7 7 n/a
3 2 8 8 8
4 3 9 9 9
5 4 10 10 10
6 5 11 11 11
7 6 12 12 Not Required
8 7 13 13 13
9 8 14 14 14
10 9 15 15 15

Which students to test in May/June:

At the end of academic year 2020/21, students should be tested again, but this time with the appropriate test for their grade / year in May 2021. This will allow progress to be measured for the full academic year. SPEA have announced that all students in Grades 3-9 or Years 4-10 should take Progress Tests in English, Mathematics and Science.

Individual student example:

A student who is in Year 6 for academic year 2020-21 (who was in year 5 for academic year 2019/20) should sit the level 10 tests in September/October 2020 and then sit the level 11 tests in May/June 2021.

Please note: The PT Series assessments are currently not compatible with iPads or tablet and must be administered using a desktop computer or a laptop only. You can find out more about the Testwise minimum system requirements here: 


Testing windows

Due to continued interruption in schools, and as a result of customer feedback, we have extended the testing windows for both delayed Progress Test testing and CAT4. We still recommend that students take both tests as soon as possible, so that you can better use the data to inform teaching and learning, but we are aware this will not always be possible at the moment.

Postponed Summer 2020 Progress Tests:

30th August to 27th November 2020

Autumn CAT4 tests:

30th August to 17th December 2020.

Summer 2021 Progress Tests:

16th April to 17th June 2021 

Data Sharing Agreement and Declaration of Use

All schools are required to sign and return a data sharing agreement. This enables us to share assessment data with school inspectors and regulators to support school evaluation. Bespoke inspection reports cannot be shared with you until we have received a revised agreement (signed after September 2020). Please note that all PT Series test data (including archived data) will be shared with the regulator.

Complete Data Sharing Agreement here

If you have any queries about data sharing, please contact us on international@gl-education.com

Updating student records

During registration, schools must clearly identify all Emirati students. Click here for further guidance on how to achieve this on the Testwise platform.

Webinar – updating for new academic year.


Sharjah specific training:

Working in conjunction with the Sharjah Virtual Academy we have developed specific training courses to support schools in the Emirate as students return to the classroom. Find out more about the courses on the links below:

Getting the most from CAT4 Data

Identifying attainment gaps with the Progress Test Series

Other online training

We offer a wide range of online training courses to support schools in using GL assessments as well as in analysing data from a wide range of tests to gain greater insight. With options including timetabled presentations, moderated courses with flexible working, and completely self-guided content, it’s easy to find a course that suits your needs and schedule.

Find out more on our training overview page

Product Support

For additional information about administering the tests, understanding the reports and explanations of key concepts, please refer to the product support pages on our website:

Technical Support

Customer support (1st line) will be provided by the International team between 7:30am and 4:00pm (GMT) Sunday – Friday from 15th August to 26th November.

Technical support (2nd line) will be provided by the Technical Support team in Swindon between 5:30am and 5:00pm (GMT) Monday – Thursday and Sunday from 23rd August to 26th November.

How to order

Email international@gl-education.com with your testing requirements.