Test Lists

Reviewed by the SASC Test Evaluation Committee

Test Lists

The SASC Test Evaluation Committee (STEC) regularly reviews assessment tests that are suitable for use by qualified, SpLD assessment practitioners.

The latest versions of the test lists produced by STEC can be found here:

Pre-16 Test List
of Suitable Tests for the Assessment of SpLDs

Issued June 2023 

Post-16 Test List
of Suitable Tests for the Assessment of SpLDs

Issued June 2023

Evaluations of need and Remote Assessment
Test List Vs3

Issued May 2021

For further information on remote assessment see the Assessment Test Guidance section.


STEC also produces guidance on newly reviewed tests to highlight some of the strengths of the tests and information to consider when using such tests. In order to ensure that assessors are fully informed on the materials they are using, it is expected that assessors will:

  • read the available SASC/STEC Guidance on the tests (which is based on STEC’s rigorous reviews)
  • fully familiarise themselves with the test manuals and;
  • read the FAQs section of the available test lists
What are the criteria STEC uses to review tests?

The SASC Test Evaluation Committee (STEC) has a rigorous review procedure for the tests it evaluates and which covers a range of criteria including:

  • Age: Is the content appropriate for the relevant age range?

  • Educational level: Is the content of the test appropriate for the educational level?

  • Identifying SpLDs: Does the test provide qualitative and/or quantitative data that is relevant to identifying a SpLD?

  • Standardisation: What is the sample size and spread? Is sufficient data provided to ensure the validity and reliability of the test design and norms?

  • Clarity: How transparent and accessible are the administration instructions?

  • Availability or otherwise of other suitable tests that measure the same skills or abilities: When selecting tests for inclusion on a list it is sometimes necessary to include ones which may not be ideal but which fill, or partially fill, a gap in the range of available tests.

In general, STEC does not review materials that are designed for screening. However, screening materials may be reviewed where:

  1. standardised tests are unavailable/limited in a particular area
  2. the screening test meets standardisation criteria, and/or provides qualitative information which may not be otherwise available.