New standardised test of English literacy for 1st Years – Available free of charge until 6th Nov. 2020

The National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS), in collaboration with the ERC, is delighted to announce an exciting new standardised test of literacy in English for use in post-primary schools, called the Post-Primary Assessment and Diagnosis – English (PPAD-E). The PPAD-E is a screening and diagnostic tool for assessing literacy skills that is specifically designed for use in the Irish context.

The DES is making the PPAD-E test freely available to all First Years in Irish post-primary schools this autumn 2020 term. Due to various Covid-19-related disruptions since March 2020, it is likely that post-primary schools may have less complete information than usual about the literacy skills and needs of their incoming First Years. It is hoped that a timely assessment using the PPAD-E can help to bridge this information gap.

Full sets of test booklets, training and scoring tools will be distributed free of charge to all schools that register their interest online by 06/11/20. It is recommended that the test be administered during November 2020 as it has been standardised for first year students with autumn norms.

Further information on the assessment and downloadable information sheets for students, teachers and parents are available on the PPAD-E webpage or contact