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InCAS - Assessment

What does InCAS assess?

InCAS assesses maths, literacy, developed ability and attitudes through a computer-delivered assessment which requires minimal teacher intervention during administration. It has a modular design so you can choose which parts of the assessment are appropriate for your circumstances. It includes the following:

  • Word Recognition
  • Word Decoding
  • Comprehension
  • Spelling
  • General Mathematics
  • Mental Arithmetic
  • Picture Vocabulary
  • Non-verbal Ability
  • Attitudes

What is assessed and how?

Word Recognition

This includes high and medium frequency words, and other age-appropriate words. The child hears the word, which is then included in a sentence that puts it into context where appropriate. The child selects one word from a choice of five.

Word Recognition

Word Decoding

This includes nonsense and unfamiliar words. The child hears the word and selects the correct answer from a choice of 5.

Word Decoding


The child reads through the passage and, when given a choice of three words, selects the word that fits into the sentence most appropriately.

* Taken together, these measures of reading highlight strengths and areas for development



The child hears a word, which is included in a sentence that puts it into context. The
child uses the on-screen keyboard to select the correct letters for the target word.


General Mathematics

InCAS assesses general maths (a curriculum-based assessment). Four sub-scales are reported if a pupil has answered sufficient quentions:

  • Number 1: informally presented problems, verbally presented problems, counting and place value
  • Number 2: formally presented problems and algebra
  • Measures, Shape and Space
  • Handling Data

General Mathematics

Mental arithmetic

Assess the pupil’s ability to process numerical operations quickly and accurately.

Mental Arithmetic

Picture Vocabulary

The child hears a word and selects the picture that best represents that word.

Picture Vocabulary

Non-verbal Ability

The child clicks on the pattern on the left side of the screen and then finds the corresponding pattern on the right side.

Non-Verbal Ability


Attitudes to mathematics, reading and school are assessed. The child hears a statement, e.g. ‘Work in maths is easy for me’, and then selects a point on the scale that represents how they feel about the statement.






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