Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is BASE?

BASE is our new research based assessment featuring Milly the Bug. Milly guides each student through a series of fun and engaging activities, covering Literacy, Maths, and Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED). BASE is a student friendly on-entry assessment which can help you understand quickly what each child knows and can do right at the start of their school life. It also supplies data on the expected and actual progress of a student at the end of the year. BASE feedback provides the classroom teacher with concrete evidence on the spread of abilities within a class.

Take a look at the Introduction to BASE Australia video for a sneak-peek of some of the new features!

How should I carry out the assessment?

We recommend that the assessment is carried out in a quiet environment where the student feels comfortable. We suggest the assessment is carried out by the class teacher as they can learn so much about their students (although it can be any member of staff). The same teacher doesn’t have to carry out all the assessments. Each assessment takes about 20 minutes.

What reports are available?

Included reports are the Pupil Report, Class Report, Table of Scores and Question Level Report.

Can I use BASE on more than one computer at a time?

Yes, you can use BASE on as many computers as you like. Each teacher can use BASE on their individual computer if convenient.

What is happening to PIPS?

From 2020, PIPS will be replaced by BASE. Schools may recognise items in the assessment that have been updated from the original PIPS items. BASE is the replacement for PIPS beginning next year. BASE will continue to be managed at The University of Western Australia in partnership with CEM.


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