Interactive Computerised Assessment System (InCAS)

What InCAS assesses

The InCAS assessment is made up of various components. The classroom teacher can pick and choose which components the student sees.

Each of the assessment components is described below. Students access only the components you choose for them, providing you with only the information you need.

 

Picture vocabulary

The student hears a word and chooses the picture that represents that word. This category measures understanding of increasingly difficult words.

Picture vocabulary: The student hears a word and choose the picture that represents that word. This category measures understanding of increasingly difficult words.
 

Spelling

The student hears a word and uses the on-screen keyboard to spell it. This category measures ability to spell increasingly difficult words.

Spelling: The student hears a word and uses the on-screen keyboard to spell it. This category measures ability to spell increasingly difficult words.
 

Non-verbal

The student sees a collection of shapes in a particular order and must recreate the pattern. This category measures ability to reason through increasingly difficult problems.

Non-verbal: The student sees a collection of shapes in a particular order and must recreate the pattern. This category measures ability to reason through increasingly difficult problems.
 

Mental arithmetic

The student is presented with a number problem that they must choose the correct answer for. This category measures ability to perform increasingly difficult mental calculations.

Mental arithmetic: The student is presented with a number problem that they must choose the correct answer for. This category measures ability to perform increasingly difficult mental calculations.
 

Word recognition

The student hears a word and must then identify the written word on screen. This category measures ability to recognise increasingly difficult written words.

Word recognition: The student hears a word and must then identify the written word on screen. This category measures ability to recognise increasingly difficult written words.
 

General maths

The student sees and hears a mathematical problem and selects the answer. This category measures ability to solve increasingly difficult maths problems.

General maths: The student sees and hears a mathematical problem and selects the answer. This category measures ability to solve increasingly difficult maths problems.
 

Word decoding

The student hears a nonsense word, and chooses the correct written representation of that word. This category measures ability to ‘decode’ or figure out increasingly difficult nonsense words.

Word decoding: The student hears a nonsense word, and chooses the correct written representation of that word. This category measures ability to ‘decode’ or figure out increasingly difficult nonsense words.
 

Comprehension

Conditional on scoring well enough in other reading sections, the student must read a passage and select the correct words to complete a sentence. This category measures ability to make meaning from text.

Comprehension: Conditional on scoring well enough in other reading sections, the student must read a passage and select the correct words to complete a sentence. This category measures ability to make meaning from text.
 

Attitude to schools, maths and reading

These three components measure the way a student feels about different aspects of schooling. The student sees and hears different statements relating to school, maths or reading, and rates them on a sliding scale.

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Thursday, 14 January, 2010 11:34 AM

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