Helping teachers assess the impact of COVID-19
Helping teachers assess the impact of COVID-19
Identify strengths and target teaching to meet gaps in learning
Identify strengths and target teaching to meet gaps in learning
Items aligned with Curriculum for Excellence
Items aligned with Curriculum for Excellence

An effective, reliable assessment of learners’ skills

Engaging, relevant content aligned with Curriculum for Excellence

All content used in SOFA is curriculum-aligned and appropriate for the Scottish context, producing meaningful results and valuable insights for teachers and parents in Scotland.

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Assessment results you can trust

The disruption to schooling caused by COVID-19 has resulted in gaps in our understanding of what learners are capable of and where they are currently at in their learning. Data from assessment supports teachers’ professional judgement in:

  • determining how learning has been impacted
  • establishing next steps in teaching and learning, and
  • communicating progress with parents and carers.
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Curriculum for Excellence assessments for P2-7 & S1

Numeracy
Reading
Writing

The data you need to help learners get back on track

ACER’s online platform makes reporting easy

Instant and interactive

Sort and report data in different ways to help identify learning patterns and trends, and pinpoint areas of need.

Reliable and informative

SOFA reports give you the evidence you need to meet the needs of children and young people, demonstrate the impact of your teaching and work towards school improvement goals.

Flexible and easy to understand

Organise data in a way that suits you. SOFA reports help you clearly demonstrate learning progress to children and young people, parents and school leaders.

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Pricing - Online assessments

Academic year licence fees are based on school size at Primary level and size of year group at Secondary 1. Teachers can administer assessments at any offered level and at any time through the school year, with no maximum usage limits.

50% off for all orders before the end of October

Primary 2-7

Select the number of school learners for pricing details

Full programme

SOFA Numeracy, SOFA Reading and SOFA Writing for AY20-21

Order primary assessments now

Secondary 1

Select the number of school learners in S1 for pricing details

Full programme

SOFA Numeracy, SOFA Reading and SOFA Writing for AY20-21

SOFA Numeracy

SOFA Numeracy for AY20-21

SOFA Literacy

SOFA Reading and SOFA Writing for AY20-21

Order secondary assessments now

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The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) was established in 1930 and has grown into one of the world’s leading educational research bodies with an expanding international presence. In 2020 we celebrate 90 years of creating and promoting research-based knowledge, products and services to improve learning.

Secure, flexible assessments to suit your schedule

ACER’s sophisticated online platform helps you spend less time on administration and planning and more time making the most of the insights from effective assessments.

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Progressive Achievement is the idea that all learners can be supported to demonstrate progress, regardless of starting point. It underpins much of ACER’s work, including SOFA.