Complete Digital Solution (CDS)
I very much like the wraparound nature of CDS as good assessment is at the heart of everything we do. In fact, if I could go back in time, the only thing I would do differently is start using CDS sooner!
Westhoughton High School
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The Complete Digital Solution (CDS)

Introduction to CDS

The Complete Digital Solution (CDS) gives you unlimited use of our leading educational assessments, in combination with ongoing support and training to help you use the data to your advantage.

With a deeper insight into your pupils’ capability, struggles, learning barriers, current and comparative performance and rate of progress, you are better able to personalise teaching according to your pupils’ needs. Standardised data helps you to see the full picture.


 The Complete Digital Solution enables you to:

  • Collect and analyse vital information about your pupils’ natural reasoning ability, attitudes to learning and current performance.
  • Access a range of assessments standardised to an extremely high level, allowing for fair comparison of performance within a year group, across year groups and against a national benchmark. This is one of the most accurate ways of benchmarking and monitoring their progress.
  • Access automatically generated reports, reducing time spent marking papers or decoding complex data tables.
  • Analyse pupil data easily with simple visual representations (tables, bar charts and scatter graphs), accompanied by clear narrative explanations. 

 For a fixed fee you can assess all pupils at regular intervals across three key areas:


Assess your pupils’ verbal, non-verbal, quantitative and spatial reasoning skills to discover their true academic potential. 

Ability assessment(s) included:

Cognitive Abilities Test: Fourth Edition (CAT4)


Assess your pupils’ current level of performance to track and report on their progress; benchmark them against their peers and spot anomalies in comparison to their cognitive ability.

Attainment assessment(s) included:

Progress Test Series
New Group Reading Test (NGRT)
New Group Spelling Test (NGST)
Single Word Spelling Test


Screen pupils for attitudinal and emotional barriers to flag any non-academic problems that might explain under-achievement, such as lack of confidence, motivation or self-regard as a learner.

Attitude assessment(s) included:

Dyslexia Screener and Dyscalculia Screener
Pupil Attitudes to Self and School (PASS)
Kirkland Rowell Surveys

A holistic approach

Combing results from the three areas allows you to:

  • spot trends (at individual, group or school level)
  • identify pupils who could be achieving more
  • drill down into anomalies and put early intervention strategies in place

Webinar recording:

Gaining critical insight into pupil attainment, ability and attitude 

Sue Thompson, Senior Publisher, and Phil Wileman, Field Training Manager at GL Assessment, outline exactly what is included in the CDS, how it can benefit your school and what you can gain from the reports you receive.

SATs and GCSE indicators

The reports within Progress Test in English (PTE) and Progress Test in Maths (PTM) will feature a new indicator showing potential student attainment at the end of KS2 and GCSE. 

These are available now for paper customers and will be ready soon for digital. Until then, we have produced a table that you can use to look up KS2 or GCSE results against the new indicators. Click here to download your table for KS2, or here for GCSE.

Find out more or see sample reports here

Use case

“We had one cared-for student who was a lovely girl, with mid to low ability. She didn’t do very well in tests, but we thought it was because she lacked confidence and panicked […]

“The CAT4 report suggested that she should be known to the SEN department, so we put her through the Dyslexia Screener and we discovered that she was dyslexic. The report also flagged up she would do better if she could work more practically, whereas we had thought written work was her strength.

“We hadn’t seen this at all – the girl had been focusing hard to hide she was struggling, and was so relieved when we explained the situation to her. She had thought everyone found written work that difficult.

“We were able to transform her whole experience of education. With the right support in place, she made five levels of progress from KS2 to KS4.”

Sample reports

Training and support

We provide a comprehensive package of training and support: 

  • Phone and email support from your personal Account Manager. Your Account Manager will work with you to implement an assessment plan for your school.
  • Access to our online training platform, where you can receive support in 5-minute modules, addressing each stage of the assessment process.
  • Invitation to our regional assessment workshops, analysing data from the CDS
  • Support delivered via online conferencing, face-to-face seminars are available at an additional cost.



Unlimited usage subject to fair usage policy. Terms and conditions apply.

Prices for the Complete Digital Solution are based on school size and the number of pupils being tested per year. We provide each school with a tailored, individual quotation.

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