Testing in Dubai - CBSE Schools

For the academic year 2024-25, to align with KHDA’s ‘External Benchmark Assessments Requirements’, all CBSE curriculum private schools in Dubai should be using cognitive ability tests and reading skills tests. These requirements have been developed to ‘support schools with their whole school self-evaluation and improvement planning; and facilitate KHDA’s role in monitoring and quality assurance of schools.’

The recommended components supplied by GL Education are:

  • Reading skills - NGRT - To be carried out 3 times in the academic year
  • Potential to learn - CAT4 

Testing windows

Assessment

Window Opens

Window Closes

NGRT Form A

15th April 2024

31st May 2024

NGRT Form B

26th August 2024

18th October 2024

CAT4

8th April 2024

1st November 2024

NGRT Form C

2nd January 2025

7th February 2025

 

Potential to Learn Testing with CAT4 - academic year 2024-25

The testing window for this year’s ability testing is from 8th April to 1st November 2024. 

The KHDA expect schools to test students from the following Grades/Years: 

Grades 3, 5, 7 and 9 or Years 4, 6, 8 and 10. 

New schools that have not previously tested with CAT4 are advised to test all their students from grade 3-9 (years 4 -10). 

Schools that use CAT4 are eligible to use GL Education’s Value-Added service, at no additional cost. Find out more here.

Refer to the table below to identify the appropriate test level for each grade/year.

 

 

CAT4 Level

Grade

Year

X

1

2

Pre-A

2

3

A

3

4

B

4

5

C

5

6

D

6

7

E

7

8

F

8 /9

9 / 10

G

10 / 11

11 / 12

Reading skills testing with NGRT - academic year 2024-25

The 3 testing windows for this year’s literacy testing are 15th April to 31st May 2024, 26th August 2024 to 18th October 2024, and 2nd January to 7th February 2025.

The KHDA expects schools to test all Grades/Years from Grade 1/Year 2 up to Grade 9/Year 10.

Testing should be carried out using Form B in the August-October testing window, Form C in the January-February window, and Form A in the April-May window.

Further information regarding NGRT can be found  here.

Updating Student Records

During registration, schools must clearly identify all Emirati students. Click here for further guidance on how to achieve this on the Testwise platform.

Please see the video below for guidance on updating your student records.

How to order

Email [email protected] with your testing requirements.