NFER Testing

NFER Testing: Saturday 7th May at 8:30am - 1:00pm (all students must be collected by 1.00pm promptly)

These NFER tests are nothing to worry about. They are Cognitive Ability Tests (CATs) which assess a student's ability to think through a set of problems. They are baseline tests to assess verbal (thinking with words), quantitative (thinking with numbers) and non-verbal (thinking with shape and space) reasoning and are used widely by many schools when students transfer from primary to secondary school. The tests are not linked to the National Curriculum. The tests are designed to be taken without any revision or preparation so they can assess a child's potential in their ability to reason.

These tests are used in conjunction with KS2 data (from your daughter's primary school) in order to set the students in Year 7. Setting reviews also take place during year 7.

On NFER testing day your daughter should wear her junior school uniform, bring a snack for break time, a pencil and an eraser. The only access to the school will be by the main gate on Shorts Road, opposite the junction with Alma Road [for SATNAV purposes, use postcode SM5 2PB].

Please collect your daughter from the Marie Therese Hall at 1.00pm. If your daughter cannot attend on 7th May 2022 please contact the Admissions Officer, Dr Atkins beforehand by email admissions@stphils.org.uk using ‘NFER’ as the subject. Parking will be available in the staff car park and on the field.