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Year 7 and 8 optional tests

optional  tests

These tests are taken in English and Maths.

Mathematics The optional tests for year 7 will consist of the following components:

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Test

Levels covered

 

Paper 1 Non - calculator

levels 4–6

 

Paper 2 Calculator

levels 4–6

 

Mental mathematics test

levels 4–6

The optional tests for year 8 will consist of the following components:

Tier

Test

Levels covered

Tier 4 - 6

Paper 1 Non calculator

levels 4–6

Paper 2 Calculator

levels 4–6

Mental mathematics

levels 4–6

Tier 5 - 7

Paper 1 Non calculator

levels 5–7

Paper 2 Calculator

levels 5–7

Mental mathematics

levels 5–7

 

Test

Total Length

Type

Mark Allocation

Paper 1

1 hour

Non-calculator paper

60 marks

Paper 2

1 hour

Calculator paper

60 marks

Mental mathematics

Approximately 25 minutes

Uninterrupted recorded test

30 questions 30 marks

English The optional tests for both years 7 and 8 consist of the following components:

  • Reading test (levels 4–6)
  • Writing test (levels 4–6)
  • Spelling will be assessed through the shorter writing task.
optional tests

Test

Total Length

Test Composition

Reading

1 hour and 15 minutes

  • 15 minutes reading time
  • 1 hour to answer questions

The reading test may be administered in two shorter sessions as detailed in the Teacher's guide.

Writing

1 hour and 10 minutes

shorter task:

  • 25 minutes including up to 5 minutes' planning

longer task:

  • 45 minutes including up to 10 minutes' planning

 
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