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Enables teachers and SENCOs to assess pupils' ability with numbers, through exploring five strands of basic number skills

The new Sandwell Early Numeracy Test - Revised (SENT-R) enables teachers and SENCOs to assess a pupil's ability with numbers, through exploring five strands of basic numeracy skills: identification, oral counting, value, object counting and language, and provides a baseline of a pupil's number skills. Appropriate for use with children from ages 4 to 8 years, the standardised assessment is particularly useful in helping to identify targets for pupils with Special Educational Needs and it can also be used with older pupils whose performance is well below average their age group.

Designed to be administered on a one-to-one basis, SENT-R comprises a total of 68 questions across nine different National Curriculum levels from P6 to 2A. There are two versions of the test - Form A and Form B - with one version to be administered at re-test stage. The assessment has been designed to identify specific number skills that require targeted teaching and to monitor the impact of teaching interventions. For children with Special Educational Needs, it can also be used to identify targets for an individual education plan (IEP) and to provide information to support decision-making within the SEN Code of Practice.

The new revised edition includes contributions from the Every Child Counts team at Edge Hill University. Every Child Counts is a successful numeracy programme which aims to raise achievement of the lowest attaining children in primary school mathematics. Every Child Counts recommends the Sandwell Early Numeracy Test - Revised is as an ‘Essential Teacher Resource' to be used as a standardised baseline test to establish children's levels of numeracy at the start and end of the programme, and to monitor their progress throughout.

Online Marking Tool

SENT-R is accompanied by an Online Marking Tool. Practitioners enter the score obtained by the pupil for each of the five strands of the test and the tool then generates the following five reports:

  • Student Listing – this report lists the results for each students (including Raw Score, Standard Age Score (SAS), Stanine, National Percentile Rank, Group Rank and estimated National Curriculum Maths level).
  • Group Demographic Comparison – this table shows Raw Score and SAS means and standard deviations for each group of students.
  • Comparison of Group and National Stanine Distributions – the bar chart shows the percentage of students that fall within certain ranges of scores.
  • Analysis by Strands – the bar chart shows which percentage of pupils fall within different National Curriculum Maths levels for each strand.
  • Analysis by Age Equivalent Band – this table shows the percentage of students by age equivalent bands.

SENT-R Sample Reports booklet

Download the SENT-R Sample Reports booklet to view all of the above reports.

Why use SENT-R?

SENT-R has been designed to identify a pupil’s specific number skills, to help inform targeted teaching strategies

  • It can be used to monitor the impact of teaching interventions on rate of progress
  • The test will enable you to group children with similar levels of attainment to facilitate teaching
  • Levelling between National Curriculum levels P6 through to 2A is enabled
  • The images in the test book and other stimulus materials are engaging and relate the tasks to recognisable everyday activities.


Complete Set contains:

  • Handbook
  • Form A and B Easels
  • Form A and B Pupil Response Booklets (10 of each)
  • Form A and B Scoring Booklets (10 of each)
  • Resource Cards
  • Cubes
  • Plastic Coins.

Free report templates

The following reporting templates for SENT-R are free to download and use with your SENT-R results. The downloads are editable Word documents.


“We have found the Sandwell Early Numeracy Test - Revised the best available test for children who struggle with maths. It covers a good range of the Key Stage 1 numeracy curriculum and it is delivered in a supportive, child-friendly manner that lets children show what they really know. Importantly, the assessment also gives helpful standardised scores that enable precise measure of progress.”
Nick Dowrick, Every Child Counts Director, Faculty of Education at Edge Hill University

“The SENT-R has become an invaluable resource and tool which was desperately needed for assessing and measuring the progress of numeracy for children with SEN. It has become intrinsic within my school for monitoring and evaluating their learning year on year and for identifying their areas of development. Once the gaps in learning have been identified by the SENT-R, they are fed into IEP targets which are addressed by relevant and specific Wave 3 Interventions.The test is simple to administer without being threatening for the pupil.”
Elaine Woodall, Inclusion Manager and Assistant Head at Albert Pritchard Infant and Wood Green Junior Federated Schools in Wednesbury, West Midlands