The General Achievement Test (GAT) is designed specifically for students in the middle years of schooling. It is a comprehensive and robust assessment of the core skills of Mathematics, Reading and Language, and Writing.
GAT gives educators the confidence they need to ensure that students are well placed for a happy and successful school year by providing information that helps schools in the following situations.
- determining class composition within a cohort
- assessing groups of prospective students applying to enter your school
- assessing skills at the beginning of the year.
GAT is a flexible and convenient assessment that can be administered by your school as these needs arise.
GAT Test Details
GAT can be undertaken as a single 2-hour assessment or as a three-part assessment, sat separately over one or more days. When sitting GAT as a single 2-hour assessment, two breaks of five minutes each are scheduled between the three sections.
|Description||Number of Questions/ Tasks||Test Duration (minutes)||Total
|Assesses students’ mathematical skills in a range of contexts across number and arithmetic, algebra and patterns, measurement, space and geometry, and chance and data.||40||40||40|
|Assesses students’ reading and language skills in a wide range of literary and factual texts. Students are assessed on their ability to read for meaning in literary and factual texts, to recognise the use of textual devices in these texts, to interpret the meaning of words and phrases and to identify the correct use of grammar.||40||40||40|
|Students will be asked to write an aspect or stage of a narrative. The task is scored using six criteria which assess students’ ability to fulfil the requirements of the genre, to use effective vocabulary, to structure a variety of sentences—including complex types—correctly, and to punctuate and spell correctly.||1 task||30||20|
1 The writing task is a criterion-referenced assessment that is hand-marked by experienced teachers.