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Diagnostic and summative assessment of computing

Gaining an accurate picture of the subject knowledge of your students, and knowing where gaps remain, provides the foundation for success.

Our free, quality-assured quizzes cover KS3 computing and GCSE computer science. They provide valuable diagnostic information as students begin the qualification, and help teachers to assess their breadth of knowledge as they complete their GCSE studies.  The National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) offers face-to-face and online training, subject knowledge support and free teaching resources to computing teachers across theUK.

Funded by the Department for Education, we aim to achieve a world-leading computing education for every child.

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Be confident in your student assessment

Our suite of multiple choice tests helps you gain insights into your students. Twin versions of each quiz provide the tools to be fully confident in your assessments, and the quizzes can be customised to suit your needs.

Our KS3 tests are designed to check subject knowledge foundations as students make the transition to GCSE. They cover the whole curriculum and are broken down into short, manageable chunks:

Quiz A covers algorithms, design and development, principles of programming, data and information, and safety and security.
Quiz B assesses the effective use of tools, the impact of technology, computer networks, computer systems and creating media.

Our KS4 tests assess the breadth of GCSE Computer Science, and mirror the topic structure of examination papers:

Paper A assesses knowledge of computer networks, computer systems, safety & security, data & information and the impact of technology.
Paper B covers algorithms, design and development and the principles of programming.

Each paper is presented in short, manageable sections. Two versions of each paper provide you with confidence in the self-generating assessment data that is provided, helping to inform centre-assessed grades.

Quality-assured

Written by expert computing teachers and approved by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, these subject knowledge assessments are the first of their kind to be quality-assured by the NCCE.

Curriculum-based

Our KS3 and GCSE assessments cover the breadth and depth of the national curriculum.

With a national benchmark to guide you, you can be confident that you're mapping student progress in an accurate and reliable way.

Online and self-marking

All our tests are online self-marking assessments, which means you won't have to do any additional work.

Once students have completed the test, you'll get instant access to their results.

Develop your subject knowledge and enhance your teaching skills

The NCCE offers online and face-to-face training for computing teachers, as well as research, guidance and free resources like lesson plans, worksheets, and whole schemes of work.

With generous bursaries available for state-funded schools and colleges, we can help with the costs of travel and supply cover so you can take time out for essential professional development.

If you're ready to boost your subject knowledge, enhance your teaching skills and improve student outcomes, sign up to join our free community of learners.

Sign up now at teachcomputing.org