2022 NST test format, test overview, and reasons, for all teachers and test administrators

By | November 17, 2022

The Ministry of Education (MOE) and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) have officially released the 2022 National Standardized Test format, test overview, and reasons why there should not be malpractice in the National Standardized Test Examination.


• Items are not Multiple Choice Items
• They are sub-tasks that assess foundational skills
• Test to be administered One on One using Tablets


• They are Multiple Choice Items Duration :1 hr 15 Mins per paper
• Test to be administered on the 15th of December 2022.
• Test to be administered in each school (Private and Public Primary Schools)

Mathematics Test Overview

• Mathematics test is administered as the first test of the day for Primary 4
• Scannable Answer sheets will be used.
• Each Student will be assigned a 4 digit Index Number beginning with 2 for P2
and 4 for P4
• Learners will use their test booklets to work out mathematical problems (no
the additional paper will be given)
• Test Administrators will read the instructions and an example test item to the
• Test Administrators do not read any test items from the test booklet itself- only
from their TA script

English Listening Comprehension Test Overview

• English Listening Comprehension is administered after the 30
minute break and is the first of the English tests given
• For Listening Comprehension, Test Administrators will:
• Read the instructions
• Read an example test item and answer options aloud
• Not read answer options during the actual test
• All parts of the English test (Listening Comprehension, Grammar,
Reading and writing) are in one test booklet

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English Grammar Test Overview

• Test Administrators will read only the instructions and an example
test item to the learners
• Test Administrators do not read the test items to the learners aloud
• For the English Grammar, reading, and writing test, learners will begin
directly after the Listening Comprehension part of the test concludes

Why should students and schools not engage in examination malpractice
in the NST?

• The NST for Primary 2 and 4 are not high stake examinations.
• The test is not meant to ‘witch hunt’ any teacher, school, or district.
• It is not for ranking schools and learners
• It is meant to find or identify learning challenges in schools.
• Engaging in Malpractice to attain high will keyholders that your school does
not have any learning difficulties hence, no support or intervention will be provided to your school.

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