Information for parents

What is CoPS?

CoPS (Cognitive Profiling System) is a formative assessment that is used to identify a student’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses. These include:

  • dyslexia (or specific learning difficulty)
  • special educational needs
  • developmental difficulties

It is made up of nine subtests, each of which is presented as an engaging and interactive game.

How is CoPS used?

CoPS is usually taken by students who have a high probability of dyslexia or other specific learning difficulty, to pinpoint specific areas of need. In some cases it may be used as a screener for all students to identify those who are at future risk of encountering learning difficulties.

How does CoPS compare to an exam?

CoPS is a formative assessment, which means that it does not count towards any formal mark or grade. It is however taken in controlled conditions, to ensure accurate and individual responses.

The test should take approximately 45-60 minutes in total, and is taken digitally on a computer, laptop or tablet.

Should my child revise or train for CoPS? Can I get practice tests?

We advise against any practicing or training in order to get a fair assessment of student’s abilities at that moment in time. There are practice questions in the assessment to get students familiar with the tasks they are being asked to do.

Who should I contact with questions about the test?

If you have any concerns or questions about the test, please contact your school. Please note that only schools can buy the CoPS assessment.