The EmSAT is a national system of standardized computer-based tests, based on national standards.
Emirates Standardized Test (EmSAT) Definition
EmSAT is a UAE-wide system of standardized computer-based tests based on national standards.
EmSAT includes three major types of tests:
Baseline Tests: These tests measure Grade 1 skills and knowledge and will provide decision makers with data about Grade 1 student performance as they transition from kindergarten to general education.
EmSAT baseline will be piloted this year (2016 - 2017); a sample of public schools will be chosen for grade 1.
Advantage Tests: These tests track the development of students during their general education. They will provide decision makers with data about the performance of students in Grade 4, 6, 8, and 10.
EmSAT Advantage will be piloted this year (2016-2017); a sample of public schools will be chosen for Grades 4, 6, 8 and 10.
Achieve Tests: These tests measure the knowledge and skills of Grade 12 students as they finish their general education and move on to higher education. They provide decision makers with data for college admission and placement.
Importance of The Emirates Standardized Test (EmSAT)
EmSAT will help the Ministry of Education and schools address gaps in student performance in core subject areas and will help developmental plans. International tests show that literacy and numeracy obtained in the early scholastic years are a powerful predictor of future performance.
EmSAT results at the end of Cycle 2 will help students to choose their track (general or advanced). EmSAT will provide accurate and valid data about Grade 12 students. This information may be used in place of other standardized tests like IELTS and TOEFL.
EmSAT will be conducted in ALL public and private schools in the UAE, providing comprehensive data about the country’s educational system. The test’s modern online system will help to obtain valid and accurate data.
EmSAT tests are administered periodically across school years, providing a chance to monitor school efficiency across time. The results will provide principals, teachers, students, and parents with accurate data about student strengths and areas for improvement.
EmSAT will provide the education system with data about the improvements in student skills which will help in sustaining improvement and excellence in education.
EmSAT Subjects & Grades
EmSAT targets all students in public & private schools.
EmSAT subjects are: Arabic Literacy, English Literacy, Math and Science. The tests will be conducted for the target grades as follows: