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The Sherwood Technology Aptitude Test Secondary (10-16)
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The STAT Secondary is designed to help you assess practical and theoretical ICT knowledge and ability to use common applications. In addition the potential to acquire the skills necessary to use ICT effectively is analysed by measuring underlying thinking skills. Usability and control of the mouse and keyboard are also tested. Assessment of these abilities is based on the latest DfE and Ofqual criteria for functional and key skills and covers all levels. The STAT is designed to help you make early and informed judgements about learners skills so that valuable resources are targeted effectively.

The STAT Secondary (10-16) is an age appropriate shortened version of the standard STAT intended for use as a recruitment tool by schools that have attained specialist status. Typically this is used prior to entry. The STAT Secondary consists of 48 questions and takes around 30 minutes to complete. There are six questions in each sub-test. Questions are tailored toward a younger age group and make use of appropriate language and images.

The STAT Secondary offers simple one page reports which give information on an individuals strengths and weaknesses in each area. Whereas group reports enable you to quickly see who is performing below average relative to others in a larger cohort. In addition standard national comparison groups are also available.

Why is the STAT different?
Most ICT tests and assessments are based around Microsoft applications or existing ICT knowledge. The ability to use applications is an important skill for ICT related work, as is knowledge about how systems work, but there are other underlying abilities which contribute to a pupils level of skill and potential and these are ignored by most ICT assessments. In short you need a balanced mix.

  • What if you want to find out if someone has the potential to acquire the necessary skills?
  • What if you have candidates with little prior ICT experience?
  • How will you assess their ability or potential?

These are the real questions faced by teachers and assessors like you. The Sherwood Technology Aptitude Test Secondary is a new type of ICT skills assessment. It has been developed in direct response to schools who were unhappy with the IT assessment materials currently available. Most ICT assessments in use are not giving assessors the information they need about candidates. Whilst we recognise the need to be able to use applications and to have some practical and theoretical ICT knowledge, this does not cover the full of range of skills needed to succeed.

Think about when you have received test results, e.g. school exams. How did you feel being told you scored 17 out of 30, or 65%? Usually one of the first questions asked is, “How did everyone else do?”, “Is that a good result in comparison with others in my group?”

A test score with no reference to other people in a group is somewhat meaningless. For example, a result of 25 out of 40 could be very good if the test was very difficult. If the test was very easy however it is not. To be able to interpret test results meaningfully, we compare individuals results against those obtained by an appropriate reference group. This is a key feature of norm referenced tests over traditional criterion referenced tests.

The STAT Secondary allows you to compare performance against a set of established norm groups. This means results can be compared with the performance of others working at particular levels. You can quickly see whether a potential pupil is performing below the level needed, or if they may have the potential to succeed at a higher level. Selecting a comparison group is only a mouse click away!

The areas assessed by the STAT Secondary are shown below:










measures aptitude (predictive)

  • Time Sharing Ability


The ability to shift back and forth efficiently between two or more sources of information or activities.

  • Information Ordering


The ability to correctly follow a given rule or set of rules specifying how to arrange things or actions in a certain order.

  • Perceptual Speed


The ability to compare letters, numbers, objects, images or patterns quickly and accurately.

  • Deductive Reasoning


The ability to apply general rules to specific problems and come up with logical answers.


measures attainment

  • Word Processing
  • Spreadsheets


General knowledge of the three main applications used in ICT.


measures attainment

  • Web browser


General knowledge of the two main Internet applications.


measures ability

  • Control of the keyboard & Mouse


Simple mouse control and keyboarding tasks.


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