Choosing a test type and level

Choosing a test type

LASS 11-15 comprises eight subtests, each of which has a different function. Each subtest is there for a specific purpose and can give valuable information about the student, however teachers can choose to administer only some of the tests if appropriate.

For example, if the teacher already has useful information about the student/s in relation to reading, it should be adequate to focus on the other assessment components. Alternatively, there may be instances where a teacher requires information only about a specific skill/aspect of attainment, such as reading, in which case it is acceptable for the teacher to carry out only the most appropriate subtests.

Please see ‘Choosing which tests to administer’ in the User manual available in the Downloads section for more information.

Order in which the subtests are administered

The order in which LASS tests are attempted is not particularly important. As teachers become more experienced with the program, they will find that they develop their own views about what tests are most useful to begin with, or to use in certain cases.

The subtests also do not need to be administered in one sitting session or sitting. Please see Timing of the session/s in When to test with LASS 11-15 for more information on this.

Choosing a test level

LASS 11-15 has been standardised for use with students aged 11 years 0 months to 15 years 11 months. It is one digital assessment for all children within that age range, however some of the subtests (3 out of 9) are adaptive and will automatically adjust in difficulty based on the students’ performance through the test and in the practice questions.