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.

Download Documents

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



Information for parents/carers


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