NGRT is a fully adaptive, standardised, termly reading assessment. As it’s adaptive, it offers a personalised experience for each pupil, ensuring it’s accessible for those who are struggling and challenging for those who need to be stretched, so you can get to the root of any problems identified precisely and quickly.

There is no more crucial skill for success in any subject than reading, so being able to accurately assess and monitor this is essential. NGRT is proven to deliver a reliable assessment of reading comprehension, set against national benchmarks. Using it regularly helps to quickly spot problems that will hold back a child’s progress, with customised practical classroom solutions for each pupil and the ability to demonstrate the impact of the interventions you put in place.

How can NGRT make a difference to you?

Quick questions

What does NGRT do?

Tests not just the ability of pupils to decode what they read, but also to comprehend and apply meaning. It can be used to measure phonemic awareness in less able readers too.

NGRT (digital) can be used alongside New Group Spelling Test (NGST), which is also fully adaptive. The two tests work together, with a Spelling and Reading Report comparing and analysing the results from both.

Why use NGRT?

NGRT was standardised against a UK sample of over 11,700 pupils. The national benchmarks within NGRT are verified every year based on analysis from almost half a million pupils, so it’s guaranteed to be statistically robust.

What does NGRT tell you?

The reading ages and the Standard Age Scores of your pupils, so you can introduce extra challenge or interventions to address problems before they impact on performance. When used termly, reports show the progress your pupils have made across the year.

How do I use NGRT?

NGRT is designed for pupils aged 6 – 16 years and is available in digital format (PC or tablet) or on paper. NGRT is in two parts: sentence completion (measures decoding with some element of comprehension); and passage comprehension (measures a range of comprehension skills of increasing difficulty)

The digital version is adaptive, so it responds to the level of the child as they take the test. Results for digital tests are generated automatically on completion while the paper-based versions are supported by GL Assessment’s scoring and reporting service.

Who uses NGRT?

Using NGRT termly aids your decision-making and supports discussions with senior leaders, school inspectors, pupils and parents.

What can I do if NGRT flags concerns?

Please click here to read the next steps advice in our Reading Diagnostic Pathway.

Read our other supporting documents on reading:

The Professional Hunch on Reading to help you identify a number of different possible reading issues.

The Professional Hunch - considering the whole child which includes a list of more general areas to consider if a pupil is falling behind.


Reading: Taking a rigorous approach to baselining and intervention

“Without a doubt, the elephant in the room is comprehension. If a child can decode to an extent, that develops confidence – but this confidence is easily shattered quite quickly when they enter secondary school.”

Improving Reading Comprehension Skills in line with the Literacy Framework

Using CDS to identify, evidence and evaluate the progress that pupils are making with key Literacy and Numeracy skills

Using NGRT to Support Looked-after Children

"NGRT has helped us hugely to obtain useful and usable data about the pupils in our care"

CDS: Ensuring each child thrives at St Bede's Catholic Middle School

A thriving middle school with a diverse pupil intake, St Bede's Catholic Middle School (Academy) has chosen our Complete Digital Solution (CDS) to evidence the exceptional progress their pupils make.