Test Department: Overview
As part of its work, the Educational Research Centre develops standardised tests of achievement and ability, normed for an Irish population. The Test Department is the division of the Centre that sells commercial, paper-and-pencil tests to schools. In addition, it provides schools with the option of an automated machine-scoring service for some of our tests. The ERC are partnering with Prodigy Learning to provide a state-of-the-art platform for delivering standardised tests to Irish schools. Further details can be found in the linked press release, with more information to follow later in the 2020/21 school year. You can read the full press release here.
The tests are designed to provide primary and post-primary teachers with high quality, accurate information on the aptitudes and achievements of their pupils. Almost all tests have been specifically developed for an Irish population, and draw on the relevant Irish school curricula. Our tests draw on 40 years of experience in test development, and provide research-based, reliable information to schools.
The Test Sales menu provides links to the various types of tests offered, and you can click here if you want to know how to order tests or samples.
NOTE: Schools are welcome to phone the Test Department with queries. However, we cannot process test orders by phone. Schools must complete an Order Form to establish proof of order.
Information for Parents
The following documents provide information to parents on interpreting scores on the Drumcondra Tests for primary schools:
- Interpreting Scores on the Drumcondra Primary Mathematics Test – Revised
- Interpreting Scores on the Drumcondra Primary Reading Test – Revised
Drumcondra Primary Tests Scoring System
The Educational Research Centre has completed work on the Drumcondra Primary Tests Scoring System. The System can be used by schools to record pupil test data and to generate reports at the School, Class and Individual Pupil levels on three tests: The Drumcondra Primary Reading Test, The Drumcondra Primary Mathematics Test, and Triail Ghaeilge Dhroim Conrach. Click here for more information.
Click here to view the User Manual (2018 Version).
Click here for the class average conversion table (class average PR and Sten values)
Click here for the PRIMARY order form.
Click here for the POST-PRIMARY order form.
Click here for information on the Paper-based English Reading and Maths Post-Primary tests for 2nd Year students
Triail Dhroim Conrach don Léitheoireacht Ghaeilge – An Dara Bliain (Gaelcholáistí).
Cliceáil anseo chun leabhrán samplach a léamh.
Educational Research Centre
66 Richmond Road
Phone: (01) 837 7614 or (01) 837 7380
Fax: (01) 837 6287