V&Q (verbal and quantitative reasoning abilities),

  • A test of verbal (V) and quantitative abilities (Q). The testing time is 60 minutes for primary students and 90 minutes for secondary students.

A (abstract reasoning abilities)

  • A test with abstract items to allow the assessment of reasoning in a language-free environment. The testing time is 40 minutes.

All V, Q and A items are multiple-choice and are presented in the one test booklet.

W (written communication)

  • Students are given a prompt – a picture or a short piece of text – and asked to develop a piece of writing over 30 minutes that demonstrates their creativity.
  • The essay score is reported separately from the reasoning test scores.

Schools may choose to include the Writing test as part of the main suite of test with V,Q and A items.