Using CAT4 and NGRT enables us to identify students who may not be reaching their potential in reading and allows us to carry out further diagnostic testing to see if there is a specific learning difficulty. The NGRT also informs our literacy for learning and life strategy.
Mary Everad, Assistant Principal, Dunshaughlin Community, Co. Meath

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

New Group Reading Test (NGRT)

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 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 two equivalent forms which can be used twice a year.

For example, NGRT can be used on transition to secondary/Post Primary school to identify current levels of attainment and re-administered in March/April to identify pupils who are not making expected progress.

This helps to monitor progress and identify any pupils who may be in need of additional diagnostic assessment and support for specific literacy difficulties.


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. And the results can provide evidence of progress to help achieve the targets laid down in the National Literacy Strategy

"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

“Best practice suggests that a balance of strategies is the way to ensure children have good literacy skills, but it can be difficult to measure how wide a child’s vocabulary is or how advanced their inference and deduction skills are. NGRT gave us a way in.” - Christine Saville, deputy head at Castlechurch Primary School in Stafford



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.


Dunshaughlin Community College

At Dunshaughlin Community College in Ireland, teachers waste no time in getting to know the strengths and weaknesses of their students by using CAT4 Irish Edition and NGRT

Using NGRT to support reading interventions

At Hinchingbrooke School in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, Year 6 students participating in their induction from feeder primary schools in July take the New Group Reading Test (NGRT) in preparation for their arrival in September.