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Designed specifically for students in the middle years of schooling, the Scout Assessment (previously known as General Achievement Test) assesses Mathematics, Reading and Language, and Writing. Information about these core skills helps teachers make good judgement so that students have a happy and successful school year.                                                  

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The Scout Assessment informs class composition as it gives educators an easy way to see where each student is placed.

What it is

The Scout Assessment gives educators the confidence they need to ensure that students are well placed for a happy and successful school year.

Designed specifically for students in the middle years of schooling, it assesses the core skills of Mathematics, Reading and Language, and Writing.

Sets the stage

Assesses groups of students applying to enter your school and informs class composition within a cohort.

Convenient

Flexible and convenient assessment that can be administered by your school as the need arises.

Fast

School and student reports are emailed to you within ten working days of your answer booklets being received by UNSW Global.

Subjects

The Scout Assessment is divided into three parts:

Mathematics

Assesses mathematical skills in a range of contexts across number and arithmetic, algebra and patterns, measurement, space and geometry, and chance and data.

Reading and Language

Assesses reading and language skills in a wide range of literary and factual texts. Students are assessed on their ability to read for meaning in literary and factual texts, to recognise the use of textual devices in these texts, to interpret the meaning of words and phrases and to identify the correct use of grammar.

Writing

Students will be asked to write an aspect or stage of a narrative. The task is scored using six criteria which assess students’ ability to fulfil the requirements of the genre, to use effective vocabulary, to structure a variety of sentences—including complex types—correctly, and to punctuate and spell correctly.

Assessment structure

The Scout Assessment can be completed as a single two-hour assessment or as a three-part assessment sat separately over one or more days.

When sitting the Scout Assessment as a single two-hour assessment, it is advised two breaks of five minutes each are scheduled between the three sections.

 

wdt_ID Parts Number of questions/tasks Test duration Total marks
1 Part 1. Mathematics 40 40 40
2 Part 2. Reading and Language 40 40 40
3 Part 3. Writing* 1 30 20

*The writing task is a criterion-referenced assessment that is hand-marked by experienced teachers.

Eligible years

 

Dates and prices

Dates

Released in February each year, schools can use the Scout Assessment at any time during the year and return the student responses for marking at their convenience.

Fast turnaround of results means that schools have their School and Student Reports within ten working days of receipt for marking.

Prices

 

 

* Standard postage and handling is applicable to orders placed at least twenty (20) days before the school’s planned sitting date. Additional delivery charges will apply for orders required more urgently.

What you receive

Schools receive

Test package

  • test booklets and answer booklets
  • an administration guide.

Report package

  • six separate school reports (PDF)
  • an Excel spreadsheet containing raw scores for all students tested and their ranking within their school cohort
  • individual student reports (PDF) with UNSW Global logo and a space to insert your own school logo.

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Important Information

* Standard postage and handling is applicable to orders placed at least twenty (20) days before the school’s planned sitting date. Additional delivery charges will apply for orders required more urgently.