Last updated: 04 Apr 2007
Level threshold tables convert test marks into national curriculum levels.
Tables for 2003
New tables for 2007
The optional tests for years 3, 4 and 5 have been developed and trialled in schools at the same time as the statutory end of key stage 1 tests (year 2) and end of key stage 2 tests (year 6). This means that it has now been possible to anchor standards in these tests securely to those in year 2 and year 6.
Additional sublevels published for year 4 optional tests in reading
QCA has introduced new sublevels to the threshold range for the year 4 reading test. The move has been designed to help distinguish level performance of high achieving pupils who attained a maximum level 4 in year 3 and therefore are not able to achieve a higher level in year 4. The additional level thresholds for 4c, 4b and 4a are now included in the level threshold tables detailed below.
Year 3
Year 3 reading test level thresholds 
Level 
Number of marks 
Below level 2 
0  6 
Level 2C achieved 
7  10 
Level 2B achieved 
11  15 
Level 2A achieved 
16  19 
Level 3C achieved 
20  22 
Level 3B achieved 
23  26 
Level 3A achieved 
27  29 
Level 4 achieved 
30+ 
Year 3 writing test level thresholds 
Level 
Number of marks 
Below level 2 
0  12 
Level 2C achieved 
13  16 
Level 2B achieved 
17  22 
Level 2A achieved 
23  26 
Level 3C achieved 
27  28 
Level 3B achieved 
29  32 
Level 3A achieved 
33  34 
Level 4 achieved 
35+ 
Year 3 mathematics and mental mathematics test level thresholds 
Test 3A 
Test 3B 
Level 
Number of marks 
Level 
Number of marks 
Below level 2B 
0  10 
Below level 3C 
0  21 
Level 2B 
11  18 
Level 3C 
22  29 
Level 2A 
19  29 
Level 3B 
30  35 
Level 3C 
30  37 
Level 3A 
36  40 
Level 3B 
38  50 
Level 4C 
41  50 
Year 4
Year 4 reading test level thresholds 
Level 
Number of marks 
Below level 2 
0  4 
Level 2C achieved 
5  7 
Level 2B achieved 
8  12 
Level 2A achieved 
13  15 
Level 3C achieved 
16  19 
Level 3B achieved 
20  23 
Level 3A achieved 
24  27 
Level 4C achieved 
28  32 
Level 4B achieved 
33  39 
Level 4A achieved 
40  44 
Year 4 writing test level thresholds 
Level 
Number of marks 
Below level 2 
0  9 
Level 2C achieved 
10  14 
Level 2B achieved 
15  20 
Level 2A achieved 
21  25 
Level 3C achieved 
26  27 
Level 3B achieved 
28  31 
Level 3A achieved 
32  33 
Level 4 achieved 
34+ 
Year 4 mathematics and mental mathematics test level thresholds 
Test 4A 
Test 4B 
Level 
Number of marks 
Level 
Number of marks 
Below level 2A 
0  14 
Below level 3B 
0  25 
Level 2A 
15  25 
Level 3B 
26  31 
Level 3C 
26  34 
Level 3A 
32  37 
Level 3B 
35  41 
Level 4C 
38  42 
Level 3A 
42  55 
Level 4B 
43  46 


Level 4A 
47  55 
Year 5
Year 5 reading test level thresholds 
Level 
Number of marks 
Below level 3 
0  11 
Level 3C achieved 
12  14 
Level 3B achieved 
15  17 
Level 3A achieved 
18  20 
Level 4C achieved 
21  24 
Level 4B achieved 
25  29 
Level 4A achieved 
30  33 
Level 5 achieved 
34+ 
Year 5 writing test level thresholds 
Level 
Number of marks 
Below level 3 
0  12 
Level 3C achieved 
13  15 
Level 3B achieved 
16  19 
Level 3A achieved 
20  22 
Level 4C achieved 
23  25 
Level 4B achieved 
26  30 
Level 4A achieved 
31  33 
Level 5 achieved 
34+ 
Year 5 mathematics test 5A and 5B and mental mathematics test level thresholds 
Level 
Number of marks 
Below level 3C 
0  22 
Level 3C 
23  31 
Level 3B 
32  39 
Level 3A 
40  47 
Level 4C 
48  56 
Level 4B 
57  64 
Level 4A 
65  73 
Level 5C 
74  80 
Level 5B 
81  90 
Tables for 2003
Year 3
Year 3 reading test level thresholds 
Level 
Number of marks 
Below level 2 
0  8 
Level 2C achieved 
9  12 
Level 2B achieved 
13  16 
Level 2A achieved 
17  19 
Level 3C achieved 
20  22 
Level 3B achieved 
23  25 
Level 3A achieved 
26  28 
Level 4 achieved 
29  36 
Year 3 writing test level thresholds 
Level 
Number of marks 
Below level 2 
0  12 
Level 2C achieved 
13  17 
Level 2B achieved 
18  22 
Level 2A achieved 
23  26 
Level 3C achieved 
27  29 
Level 3B achieved 
30  32 
Level 3A achieved 
33  36 
Level 4 achieved 
37  45 
Year 3 mathematics and mental mathematics test level thresholds 
Test 3A 
Test 3B 
Level 
Number of marks 
Level 
Number of marks 
Below level 2B 
0  11 
Below level 3C 
0  18 
Level 2B 
12  18 
Level 3C 
19  27 
Level 2A 
19  25 
Level 3B 
28  34 
Level 3C 
26  33 
Level 3A 
35  39 
Level 3B 
34  50 
Level 4C 
40  50 
Total marks 
50 
Total marks 
50 
Year 4
Year 4 reading test level thresholds 
Level 
Number of marks 
Below level 2 
0  7 
Level 2C achieved 
8  10 
Level 2B achieved 
11  13 
Level 2A achieved 
14  16 
Level 3C achieved 
17  20 
Level 3B achieved 
21  24 
Level 3A achieved 
25  28 
Level 4 achieved 
29  44 
Year 4 writing test level thresholds 
Level 
Number of marks 
Below level 2 
0  10 
Level 2C achieved 
11  16 
Level 2B achieved 
17  21 
Level 2A achieved 
22  26 
Level 3C achieved 
27  29 
Level 3B achieved 
30  33 
Level 3A achieved 
34  37 
Level 4 achieved 
38  45 
Year 4 mathematics and mental mathematics test level thresholds 
Test 4A 
Test 4B 
Level 
Number of marks 
Level 
Number of marks 
Below level 2A 
0  12 
Below level 3B 
0  21 
Level 2A 
13  19 
Level 3B 
22  29 
Level 3C 
20  28 
Level 3A 
30  35 
Level 3B 
29  36 
Level 4C 
36  42 
Level 3A 
37  55 
Level 4B 
43  47 


Level 4A 
48  55 
Total marks 
55 
Total marks 
55 
Year 5
Year 5 reading test level thresholds 
Level 
Number of marks 
Below level 3 
0  9 
Level 3C achieved 
10  13 
Level 3B achieved 
14  17 
Level 3A achieved 
18  20 
Level 4C achieved 
21  24 
Level 4B achieved 
25  29 
Level 4A achieved 
30  33 
Level 5 achieved 
34  48 
Year 5 writing test level thresholds 
Level 
Number of marks 
Below level 3 
0  12 
Level 3C achieved 
13  17 
Level 3B achieved 
18  22 
Level 3A achieved 
23  27 
Level 4C achieved 
28  30 
Level 4B achieved 
31  34 
Level 4A achieved 
35  38 
Level 5 achieved 
39  50 
Year 5 mathematics test 5A and 5B and mental mathematics test level thresholds 
Level 
Number of marks 
Below level 3C 
0  20 
Level 3C 
21  31 
Level 3B 
32  42 
Level 3A 
43  51 
Level 4C 
52  62 
Level 4B 
63  71 
Level 4A 
72  78 
Level 5C 
79  84 
Level 5B 
85  90 
Total marks 
90 