What is the SOSCA assessment?

The AfE S2 Curriculum Assessment – SOSCA – is a curriculum-based checkpoint assessment for students at the end of S2 (age 13-14). The assessment measures what students in Scotland have learned from the curriculum, as well as attitudes to school, education and careers. The assessment is computer-based and adaptive, meaning the difficulty level adjusts to match each individual student, offering an entirely individualised and tailored assessment.

SOSCA assessment enables you to understand how students have progressed over time, measuring curriculum attainment against previous attainment levels at AfE P7, and S1 MidYIS baseline assessments, as appropriate.

What’s unique about CEM assessments?

CEM’s assessments are all adaptive. This means that questions are tailored to the individual student, so the assessment is not too difficult or too easy. Each child is presented with a personalised assessment that is suited to them, and can be carried out in an engaging and time-efficient way.

How does the SOSCA assessment work?

The SOSCA curriculum assessment enables you to quickly understand what students know and can do. It comprises three assessments:

  • Reading – speed reading; text comprehension; and passage comprehension
  • Mathematics – Number, money and measurement; shape, position and movement; and information handling
  • Science – Planet Earth; biological systems; materials; forces, electricity and waves; attitudes to science

Each part of the SOSCA assessment takes up to 45 minutes to complete, and student responses are returned directly to CEM, so there is no teacher marking.

The assessments are completed during a 4 week window from mid-April to mid-May, with an opportunity for students to catch up until the end of the year.

What can the SOSCA assessment tell me?

SOSCA curriculum assessment feedback enables you to advise students and parents on senior phase subject choices; set realistic and motivational targets; and maximise learning potential. Student scores are standardised against Scottish national averages, and reports are graphically presented and easy to interpret.

You will also receive subject-level and school-level ‘value-added’ reports – these can be calculated using students’ InCAS P7 or AfE S1 MidYIS baseline results and their SOSCA scores, as well as students’ SOSCA scores and National 3, 4 and 5 grades. These reports can be used to inform your School Improvement Plan and support the school inspection process.

SOSCA assessment reporting and feedback includes:

  • Nationally standardised scores – comparing student performance in relation to the Scottish national averages
  • Individual Pupil Reports – providing a visual breakdown of students’ relative strengths and weaknesses
  • Predictions and chances graphs – showing likely future performance in National 3, 4 and 5 qualifications
  • ‘Value-added’ evidence of progress at student and subject level – showing progress from AfE S1 MidYIS baseline results to SOSCA, and from SOSCA to National 3, 4 and 5 qualifications

Additional reporting is available for Education Authorities wishing to look at achievement and progress across groups of schools.

Reports are available to download approximately two weeks after the assessment window closes. Value-added progress reports to National qualifications are available in August, following the release of examination results.

Example feedback for the SOSCA assessment:

The Individual Pupil Record Chances graphs Value-added charts

The Individual Pupil Record offers standardised scores and a breakdown of scores for each section, enabling accurate comparison of abilities.

Chances graphs offer a picture of likely future outcome, expressed as a percentage chance, in each subject, for individual students and across subjects.

Value-added charts show progress from AfE S1/S2 MidYIS to SOSCA, or from SOSCA to National 3, 4, and 5 qualifications, demonstrating where attainment is broadly in line with, above or below expectation.

The Individual Pupil Record

The Individual Pupil Record offers standardised scores and a breakdown of scores for each section, enabling accurate comparison of abilities.

Chances graphs

Chances graphs offer a picture of likely future outcome, expressed as a percentage chance, in each subject, for individual students and across subjects.

Value-added charts

Value-added charts show progress from AfE S1/S2 MidYIS to SOSCA, or from SOSCA to National 3, 4, and 5 qualifications, demonstrating where attainment is broadly in line with, above or below expectation.

How can I purchase the SOSCA assessment?

Individual schools in Scotland can sign up via the Costs and Registration Forms Page.

If you are an Education Authority in Scotland and would like to sign up a group of schools, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / +44 (0) 191 334 4223 to discuss requirements.

The SOSCA curriculum-based assessment is designed to link to the AfE S1 & S2 Baseline Assessment, MidYIS, which provides a baseline from which to measure progress and ‘value-added’ to SOSCA and on to National 3, 4 and 5 grades – find out more about the AfE S1 & S2 MidYIS Baseline Assessment.

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