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National Reading & Numeracy Tests
Profion Darllen a Rhifedd Cenedlaethol


Children in Years 2 to 9 in Wales now take national tests in reading and numeracy each summer. It is really important that your child is in school to take the tests. They are statutory and where pupils do not take the test, they are not marked as absent, they are simply given the lowest possible score which is not a true reflection of their ability.



The reading tests are made up of short questions based on several 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.



There are two kinds of numeracy tests. 

  1. The procedural test measures skills in number, measuring and data skills. 
  2. The reasoning test measures how well children can use what they know to solve everyday problems. ‚Äč

The dates for the 2018 National Tests have been set as follows:


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

Information and preparation materials from Welsh Government

Click below to take you to more preparation materials


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

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