Scout AssessmentTM is designed to determine class composition and placement within a cohort for middle year students. Scout assesses the core skills of Mathematics, Reading, Language and Writing.

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Scout Assessment informs class composition and gives educators an easy way to see
where each student is placed.

What is Scout AssessmentTM

Scout Assessment gives educators the confidence they need to ensure that students are well placed for a happy and successful school year.

Designed specifically for students in the middle years of schooling (refer below) it assesses the core skills of Mathematics, Reading and Language and Writing.

Sets the stage

Assesses groups of students applying to enter your school and informs class composition within a cohort.


Flexible and convenient assessment that can be administered by your school as the need arises.


School and student reports are emailed to you within ten working days of your answer booklets being received by ICAS Assessments.

Scout Assessment is divided into three parts:

Assesses mathematical skills in a range of contexts across number and arithmetic, algebra and patterns, measurement, space and geometry, and chance and data.

Reading and Language
Assesses reading and language skills in a wide range of literary and factual texts. Students are assessed on:

  1. Their ability to read for meaning in literary and factual text
  2. Recognition of textual devices in these texts and to interpret the meaning of words and phrases
  3. Identify the correct use of grammar.

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:

  1. Fulfil the requirements of the genre
  2. Use effective vocabulary
  3. Use sentence structure, including complex types, correctly
  4. Punctuate and spell correctly

The Scout Assessment can be completed as a single two-hour assessment or as a three-part assessment sat separately over one or more days.

When sitting the Scout Assessment as a single two-hour assessment, it is advised two breaks of five minutes each are scheduled between the three sections.

Parts Number of questions/tasks Test duration Total marks
Part 1. Mathematics 40 40 40
Part 2. Reading and Language 40 40 40
Part 3. Writing* 1 30 20
*The writing task is a criterion-referenced assessment that is hand-marked by experienced teachers.
Country Year Level Equivalent
Australia Year 5 to Year 8
New Zealand Year 6 to Year 9
Pacific region Year 6 to Year 9
Hong Kong Primary 5 to Form 2
Malaysia Standard 5 to Form 2
Singapore Primary 4 to Secondary 1
International schools Year 5 to year 8
The Scout report package includes an Excel spreadsheet containing raw scores for all students tested and their ranking within their school cohort.
View and download support materials and information for schools for the Scout Assessment here.
What you receive

Schools receive:

Test package


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