Sandwell Early Numeracy Test - Numeracy Quick Reference Guide

  • Age range: 4-14 Years
  • Suitable for: Teachers, Assessment Co-ordinators and SENCOs
  • Test duration: 10-30 minutes
  • Test format: Paper

Sandwell Early Numeracy Test

The Sandwell Numeracy Test comprises of a revised edition for pupils aged 4-8 (SENT-R) and a version to enable the assessment of older pupils experiencing difficulties with numbers suitable for pupils aged 8 to 14 years (SENT KS2–KS3).

The Sandwell Early Numeracy Test assessments enable teachers to assess a pupil's ability with numbers, through exploring five strands of basic numeracy skills: identification, oral counting, value, object counting and language.

This standardised assessment is particularly useful in helping to identify targets for pupils with Special Educational Needs and it can also be used with older pupils whose performance is well below average their age group.

Administered on a one-to-one basis the assessment has been designed to identify specific number skills that require targeted teaching and to monitor the impact of teaching interventions. For children with Special Educational Needs, it can also be used to identify targets for an individual education plan (IEP) and to provide information to support decision-making within the SEN Code of Practice.

Why use SENT-R and SENT KS2-3?

  • SENT-R has been designed to identify a pupil’s specific number skills, to help inform targeted teaching strategies
  • Helps to identify the specific number skills throughout primary school, from primary into secondary and in upper Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3
  • It can be used to monitor the impact of teaching interventions on rate of progress
  • The test will enable you to group children with similar levels of attainment to facilitate teaching
  • It can be used to inform targeted teaching strategies and to monitor the impact of teaching interventions, including effective use of the Pupil Premium
  • The images in the test book and other stimulus materials are engaging and relate the tasks to recognisable everyday activities.

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