Raising Standards Together


National Reading and Numeracy Tests

A collection of resources to help you to prepare for and administer the National Reading and Numeracy Tests.

National Reading and Numeracy Tests 2018: important dates

Test Ordering is now complete

National Tests ordering page 

Tests dispatched to schools

Primary schools: week commencing 23 April 2018
Secondary Schools: week commencing 16 April 2018

Middle schools and other secondary settings ordering tests for both primary and secondary learners will receive materials for Years 7, 8 and 9 during the week beginning 16 April 2018 and materials for Years 2 to 6 during the week beginning 23 April 2018.

Schools administer tests

Primary schools: 2–9 May 2018
Secondary schools: 25 April – 9 May 2018


By date set by local authority for the Welsh National tests Data Collection (WNTDC)

Last Date for Data upload

As set by local authority, but by 6 June 2018

Results to schools

Before the end of the summer term

Transition to online assessment for reading and numeracy

As of the next academic year (2018/19) online assessments will be phased in over a three-year period, starting with procedural numeracy in 2018/19. Over time the online assessments will replace the current paper-based national tests.

The new personalised assessments will adjust the difficulty level of the questions in order to provide appropriate challenge for each learner. More details about the new assessments will be released via the Dysg newsletter.

Download Documents

Personalised assessments – frequently asked questions (FAQs) (File size: 200KB)



Information for parents/carers


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