Information for parents

What is LASS?

LASS 11-15 is a formative assessment that is used to identify a student’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses. These include:

  • dyslexia (or specific learning difficulty)
  • performance in reading and spelling
  • measure discrepancies between actual literacy attainment and expected literacy attainment
  • assess improvements in memory, phonological and phonic deciding skills brought about by appropriate training or intervention

It is made up of eight subtests, each of which is presented as an engaging game.

How does LASS compare to an exam?

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

The test should take approximately 45 minutes if all subtests are administered and is taken digitally on a computer or laptop.

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

We advise against any practicing or training in order to get a fair assessment of students’ 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 LASS assessment.