New Group Reading Test (NGRT)
We firmly believe that reading is the key to everything. Reading and comprehension are the gateways to learning but they can also be the barriers. This is why the NGRT is particularly good as it identifies the discrepancies one way or another.
Jill Wilson CBE, Headmistress, The Gleddings

New Group Reading Test (NGRT)

NGRT is a termly test designed to drill down into pupil’s reading and comprehension skills (including phonics where necessary): the New Group Reading Test (NGRT) reveals exactly where support is required. 

With NGRT you can compare decoding skills and sentence completion against passage comprehension allowing you to identify, for instance, competent decoders with weak comprehension skills.

We know that poor literacy skills can severely limit a child’s horizons. The New Group Reading Test (NGRT) allows teachers to assess reading and comprehension skills benchmarked against the national average, and monitor progress. 

The ability to compare sentence completion scores alongside passage comprehension scores allows teachers to identify differences between a pupil’s decoding and comprehension skills - vital insight for helping to get literacy levels up.

Material that adapts to the pupil’s ability

The test is made up of two parts: sentence completion, which measures decoding with some element of comprehension; and passage comprehension, which measures a range of comprehension skills of increasing difficulty. 

The difficulty level of the first reading comprehension passage is based on the pupil’s performance in the sentence completion section.

Pupils with weak reading will see the phonics test. This would include secondary age pupils with delayed reading.


An accurate measure of progress

NGRT features three equivalent forms, one of which can be used in each term of the year.

By administering NGRT for all pupils at the beginning, middle and end of a school year, you can stay on top of reading progress, meet the Ofsted need to show strong progress, and gain an informed picture on Progress 8.

Or, you may choose to administer NGRT as a screener for all pupils at the beginning of a year, to identify any pupils who may be in need of additional diagnostic assessment and support for specific literacy difficulties. You could check the progress of this group midway through the year, then return to check the progress of everyone at the end of the year.


A valuable reference point and means of national comparison

The Standard Age Score (SAS) provides you with a national benchmark, allowing you to compare pupil’s performance with other children of the same age, and track progress year-on-year.

"We have used NGRT to help focus on and clarify the expected reading standard in each year group. We expect children's reading attainment to be in line with their chronological age in order to meet their year group's another way to up our educational goals for our students." - Sharon Baker, Deputy Headteacher, Westfield Community School

“For far too long, students have fallen through the cracks because schools thought they were a level 4c or a 5b. In reality, this didn’t tell us much – we didn’t know whether they got there easily or which areas they struggled with. With standardised tests, we don’t end up with an arbitrary score; the data contains decades’ worth of standardisation so we know it’s reliable.” - Nigel Ward, Chief Executive, Northern Schools


Digital users will benefit from instant reporting. Paper users will need to sign up for our Scoring and Reporting Service.

Data is presented in visually accessible tables, bar charts and scatter graphs that allow for easy comparison, as well as clear narrative explanations that explain the pupil profile and its implications for teaching and learning. 

The diagnostic information provided together with the ability to measure impact pre and post intervention makes NGRT a valuable assessment. The reports include: 

  • Group report for teachers - stanines for each section to highlight where a wide discrepancy may need particular attention.
  • Group progress report for teachers – see progress at-a-glance against a national sample.
  • Individual report for teachers – offers a detailed analysis of responses to the two sections of NGRT.
  • Combination report - When compared with ability data from our Cognitive Abilities Test: Fourth Edition (CAT4), results from NGRT can reveal immediately whether or not pupils are reaching their full potential.
  • Customised implications for teaching and learning on each individual report offer practical help with next steps in the classroom

 Coming soon:

  • A Cross group report - allowing you to compare scores for reading and spelling
  • A Group progress report for NGRT & NGST for three points of progress

How can I use the New Group Spelling Test with the New Group Reading Test?

  • You can choose to compare spelling and reading together
  • Cross report combining and comparing scores from both tests – SAS, stanine and age equivalent scores

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To order between 1-499 administrations of the NGRT please click the button below. For larger purchases please get in touch on or call 0330 123 5375. 

NGRT Quick Reference Guide

  • Age range: Digital 7-16. Paper 5-16
  • Suitable for: Teachers, Literacy Co-ordinators and SENCOs
  • Test duration: Digital 30 minutes. Paper 45-50 minutes
  • Test format: Digital/Paper
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