On entry to Marden all students will sit a MidYIS test in Year 7 and Yellis test in Year 10.

MidYIS for ages 11-14

The test assesses for key cognitive areas:

  • Vocabulary – word fluency and understanding

  • Maths – logical thinking, manipulating numbers and numerical concepts

  • Non-verbal – ability to recognise shapes, match patterns, apply spatial awareness and visual intuition

  • Skills – proof reading, perceptual speed and accuracy

Year 7 students will complete this test in the first few weeks of starting Marden and it is used as a baseline. The information is shared with parents/carers via report. It is also used by staff as part of our internal tracking and can be used to support and challenge students’ learning.

You can find out more about MidYIS on the CEM website.

Yellis for ages 14-16

The Yellis test is an adaptive test conducted in the first few weeks of Year 10. Students are tested on:

  • Vocabulary: Word fluency and understanding
  • Mathematics: Logical thinking, manipulating numbers and numerical concepts
  • Non-verbal Ability: Ability to match patterns, reflections and rotations and applying visual intuition

For Year 10 students the Yellis results will be a starting point for a discussion about possible grades that students might go on to achieve. The test’s results are looked at alongside the grades that other students, with the same Yellis score, went on to achieve. In turn, this creates a set of chances that are given to students and their parents/carers.

You can find out more on the CEM website.