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Years 3, 4 and 5: level threshold tables

Level threshold tables convert test marks into national curriculum levels.


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 sub-levels published for year 4 optional tests in reading

QCA has introduced new sub-levels 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



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