Children and Young People

Information for children and young people

The National Standardised Assessments for Scotland (NSA) system is an online tool that is fun and easy to use. It is designed to help your teachers understand exactly what they need to do to help you make good progress with your reading, writing and numeracy skills.

If you have questions, there is a lot of information on this website, and your class teacher will always be happy to talk to you about the assessments.

What you need to know as a child or young person

When will you take the assessments?

In primary school, children in P1, P4 and P7 will take the assessments. In secondary school, young people in S3 will take the assessments.

What about your outcomes?

Your teachers will discuss your outcomes with you to help you understand where you are making progress and which areas need further work. There will be no pass or fail and definitely nothing to worry about!

Should you prepare for the assessments?

The assessments are part of your routine classroom work and you do not need to do any special preparation for them. The assessments are as short as possible, but you may take as long as you need to complete them.

You will use a computer to take the assessment. Your teachers will be there to make sure everything runs smoothly.