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A representative selection of printable sample reports produced using the Sherwood Ability Screen are shown below along with a description for each one. If you click on the screen shot of the report you will be able to see a larger version. If you wish to print a copy of the report you should click on the PDF icon. You will need to ensure you have Adobe Acrobat reader on your PC (most computers already have this installed).

All our tests now include additional norms for all functional skills levels in addition to basic and key skills norms. Norm groups are stratified according to the latest DfE and Ofqual criteria. Comparison groups are based on the test results of 50,000 learners from the many hundreds of thousands tested to date!

If you find the concept of norm based reporting difficult to grasp at first - don’t worry many people do! To help you gain a better understanding we recommend you print the sample reports and then visit the Norm-based? section of the site.

Sample Reports

 

 

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Complete Sample Report Pack:
Multiple comparisons and types of reports (4 pages)

This report pack includes a sample of our most popular reports together with explanatory text. You are advised to print the PDF for best results.

The pack covers individual reports, reports across groups/courses and other management reports.

Printable copy of sample report

 

 

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Individual Screening Report:
Comparison against Basic Skills and Entry

This report details an individual’s performance in the six areas of Literacy and Numeracy the SAS assesses compared with a selected comparison group. Remember when you compare a learner against a low ability comparison group their relative performance will typically be much higher. This will be indicated by their plot being over to the right. Average performance for a typical Basic Skills & Entry student is marked by the outlined circles in the middle of the scale.

Printable copy of sample reportYou should pay close attention to the time taken as this is together with the number correct is a good overall indicator of ability.

 

 

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Individual Screening Report:
Comparison against Key Skills Level 3 & Advanced

In this report the same learner is pitched against a higher ability comparison group. Relative to a Key Skills Level 3 group they have under performed. This suggests that they will not have the necessary literacy and numeracy skills to cope easily with a level 3 course and that they may need support. In most cases this is because they have answered less questions correctly than a typical level 3 learner would and/or because they have answered questions more slowly. Note raw scores and time taken remain constant - the only changing variable is the ability of the comparison group you choose to compare them against. Printable copy of sample reportAs the SAS is a screening tool you as a professional in the area should decide how to proceed based on the results.

 

 

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Individual Screening Report - Interpretation:
Comparison against Key Skills Level 2 & Intermediate
To aid in interpretation an optional interpretative report makes use of the same data as outlined above but simplifies interpretation. This involves using traffic light colours to indicate the severity of the learners need relative to the comparison group you have chosen. These range from Green, Amber though to Red which shows the most urgent need.

As Sherwood tests use standard psychometric principles we can convert our scores to other standard scales. In this report performance is also interpreted as “above Printable copy of sample reportaverage” though to “well above average” with the midpoint being average. The standard A, B, C... grade system is also used.

 

 

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Individual Screening Report - Interpretation:
Comparison against Key Skills Level 4 & Higher
In this report the same learner is pitched against a higher ability comparison group. Relative to Key Skills Level 4 learners they have under performed. This suggests that they will not have the necessary literacy and numeracy skills to cope easily with a level 4 course and that they may need support. In most cases this is because they have answered less questions correctly than a typical level 4 learner would and/or because they have answered questions more slowly. Note raw scores and time taken remain constant - the only changing variable is the ability of the comparison group you choose to compare them against. Printable copy of sample reportAs the SAS is a screening tool you as a professional in the area should decide how to proceed based on the results.

 

 

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Exact Level Report
This report tells you the exact level a learner is performing at in relation to national standards. The learners highest ability level in each area is shown for both number correct (power) and forPrintable copy of sample report speed of answering. This enables you to quickly see if they are capable of coping with a course.

 

 

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Sample raw data report
This report shows you the actual raw data that is stored for each student when the SAS is administered. Printable copy of sample reportReporting at such a level is only useful for administrators or highly technical users

 

 

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Summary Screening Report by Course:
Comparison against Key Skills Level 2 & Intermediate

Group reports let you compare a student against a norm group to establish the students relative ability levels in overall Literacy and Numeracy. More powerfully they also let you compare across their peers who are registered on the same course of study or grouping code that you have assigned.

Here the same student is compared against Level 2 along with three other members of her course. This give a good impression of her ability level relative to a level 2 student group. It also gives her relative position Printable copy of sample reportwithin the course group to give you two valuable measures. The same raw scores and times are used as displayed on Individual Reports.

 

 

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Summary Screening Report by Course:
Key Skills Level 3 & Advanced

Here when comparing against a higher level group we can see that only one student is clearly capable of coping and that the student focused on in the example reports is just below the level you would expect. In this case you may decide to offer her additional support and accept her on the course, or you may suggest a slightly lower level course.

When looking at group reports it is useful to look at percentile ranks and raw power (P) and time taken scores (S). Remember (P) is a combination of number correct and time taken and (S) is a pure speed measure. If (S) is higher than (P) this can suggest that the student may be randomly answering and just “clicking through” the test. Generally (S)peed should be roughly at the same point.

When working with percentiles remember these are NOT percent correct correct figures. The indicate the percentage of the norm comparison group the student has performed BETTER than. So if a percentile is 54 then you can say that the student has performed better than 54% of the Level 3 comparison group. Percentiles change as you alter the comparison group Printable copy of sample reportand should NOT be used to compare across students where reports are produced against one or more norm group.

 

 

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