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National curriculum tests

Test administration

Test administration training resources

We've created a series of training resources so that you can ensure you follow best practice.

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Lifecycle of a test

Lifecycle of a test

We've developed some short videos about the lifecycle of a test including test development, test administration, marking, and results and reporting.

Go to the videos

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Key dates and deadlines

Make sure you're aware of all the key dates and deadlines for the national curriculum tests in 2010.

Key dates

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Assessment and reporting arrangements (ARA)

Make sure you've read the ARA or TARA, and that you are aware of any changes made to this year's edition.

Download the ARA and TARA

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NCA tools info

Find out about what you can do with the NCA tools website, including how to log in and change your password.

NCA tools info

Stationery website

The stationery website is now closed. If you need to order additional stationery items, such as a replacement Headteacher's declaration form, please contact the national curriculum assessments helpline on 0300 303 3013.


News and announcements

Letter to school governors about key stage 2 tests

27 April 2010

The Department for Children, Schools and Families have published a letter and background note about administration of the national curriculum assessments for school governors on GovernorNet today.

2010 key stage 2 Guide to handling test papers and scripts

26 April 2010

The 2010 key stage 2 Guide to handling test papers and scripts is now available on the QCDA website.

Test administrators' training materials

26 April 2010

The test administrator's job is very important. To help schools and local authorities prepare for and administer the 2010 key stage national curriculum tests, our test administrators' training materials includes a series of videos and presentations.

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