Test development, standardisation and support

The year 2019 marks the end of an intensive and extensive period of test development activities, resulting in newly-normed standardised tests for primary schools in mathematics, English reading and Irish-language mathematics (paper-based versions for first-sixth classes, and online versions for third-sixth classes). The previous versions of the tests are to be phased out by the end of the 2019-2020 school year, and 2019 is the first year in which primary schools may avail of the new online tests.

During 2019 and 2020 the ERC will establish its medium-term strategy for test development and assessment in consultation with various stakeholders.

Currently available tests

The ERC currently offers tests at primary and post-primary levels.

Click on the ERC Paper Tests and ERC Online Tests tabs at the top of the page to find out more.

Testing support service provided

Schools/teachers can have learners’ tests processed in a variety of ways:

  1. Paper-based tests can be manually scored (by the teacher), with standard and STen scores manually assigned
  2. Paper-based tests completed on answer sheets (third-sixth classes) can be sent to the ERC for scanning, with a group-level report returned to the school electronically or in hardcopy.
  3. Paper-based tests can be computer-scored by the school using the computer-based Drumcondra Tests Scoring System. The Scoring System allows users to generate multi-year reports, if data are inputted over several years for the same pupils.
  4. Online tests are automatically scored with individual and class-level reports available for immediate download by the teacher/school manager.
  5. Schools also have the option to input test score data to externally-developed electronic administration systems which in turn generate reports.


tests@erc.ie (paper-based tests)

dots@erc.ie (online tests)

Test Department – paper-based tests: 01 837 6714 or 01 837 7380

DOTS (online tests): 01 8065 204 or 01 8065 223 (Extension 204 or 223)