Personalised assessments

Important update: Addendum to Personalised Assessment Administration Handbook 2020/21.

In 2020/21, personalised assessments in Numeracy (Procedural) and Reading are available to take at any time. Due to the disruption caused by Covid-19, the requirement for schools to run the assessments is on a ‘reasonable endeavours’ basis. The changes to the requirements are set out in the Addendum to Personalised Assessments Administration Handbook 2020/21.

After learners have completed procedural numeracy assessments, schools have access to feedback on learners’ skills, age-standardised scores and progress reports.

Feedback reports for the reading assessments are also available. Scores and progress reports for reading will will only be available after the majority of learners have taken the reading assessments.

Personalised assessments for Numeracy (Reasoning) will become statutory in the 2021/22 academic year.

To access the assessments you will need to log in to Hwb. Once logged in select the personalised assessments icon on the homepage or from the menu.

This video shows how to log in to Hwb and access the personalised assessments website.


Help, support and guidance for schools

Support and guidance is also available from the assessment website. After accessing the website click ‘Help’ to access videos, a user guide and familiarisation assessments.

For support on managing school users’ Hwb accounts please refer to this guide. Alternatively, please contact or 0300 0252525.

For support on the personalised assessments, please contact the Assessment Helpdesk (for schools only) on 029 2026 5099 or

Professional learning materials for teachers

The following pre-recorded webinars are available on the personalised assessments system:

Introduction to personalised assessments

Understanding and making effective use of learner feedback and group reports

Understanding and using the learner progress report

Contact the Assessment Helpdesk on 029 2026 5099 or

  • Personalised assessments are adaptive, meaning that questions are selected based on the responses to previous questions. This provides a tailored assessment experience for each learner and will help all learners develop their skills through understanding what they can do, the things they need to work on, and their next steps.
  • The assessments provide schools with information on the skills of individual learners and whole classes.
  • There is no ‘test window’ for personalised assessments; timing is at the school’s discretion.
  • Learners can take the personalised assessments in small or large groups, depending on the schools’ preferences and facilities, and schools do not need a large number of devices
  • Learners are required to take the assessment once during the academic year. Schools also have the option to use the assessment once more during the academic year.

Video clips: views and experiences of learners, teachers and experts

View the question types in the Numeracy (Procedural) personalised assessment for learners in years 2-3

View the question types in the Numeracy (Procedural) personalised assessment for learners in years 4-6

View the question types in the Numeracy (Procedural) personalised assessment for learners in years 7-9