Admissions Assessments

Fair Banding Assessments

These assessments are used by schools who wish to group pupils by ability to ensure that their intake includes a proportionate spread of children of different abilities. 

This is carried out by administering a non-verbal or verbal reasoning test. All tests contain our extensively trialled questions and vary in length from 30 minutes upwards. 

  • We are the largest provider of fair banding assessments in England and work with some of the most prominent Multi-Academy Trusts in England
  • Our tests are constructed to ensure validity for the purpose required
  • We provide free familiarisation materials so all candidates can become familiar with test appearance 
  • We provide you with individual account manager support so your testing period runs smoothly and a scoring service or our new custom-built Quartz software (which enables you to quickly and accurately mark at your own school)
  • Working with the RNIB we have developed guidelines on the production and administration of fair banding tests for children with vision impairment.

Non-verbal Reasoning

  • NVR questions measure reasoning processes that are important in a wide range of subjects including maths and the sciences
  • NVR is helpful in assessing the ability of candidates with English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Verbal Reasoning

  • VR tests involve reasoning with words and can identify pupils whose strengths lie in English, history, languages and the arts
  • Include a variety of question types developed exclusively by GL Assessment

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