What is the AfE MidYIS baseline assessment?

The ‘Assessment for Excellence’ (AfE) S1/S2 Baseline Assessment – MidYIS – is a standardised secondary baseline assessment for students age 12-14 in Scotland, designed to measure student aptitude for, and attitude to, learning, to track each learner’s progress and to smooth the transition into the senior phase with value-added progress measures and information on likely performance in National 3,4 and 5 qualifications. The assessment is computer-based and adaptive, meaning the difficulty level adjusts to match each individual student, offering an entirely individualised and tailored assessment.

AfE S1/S2 MidYIS is a standardised baseline assessment for students in Scotland aged 12-14. It reinforces the Curriculum for Excellence Framework, and provides a robust, fair, independent and objective standardised assessment that can be used to promote higher quality learning and inform teaching.

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 AfE MidYIS baseline assessment work?

The AfE S1/S2 MidYIS baseline assessment assesses students in four key cognitive areas which research shows are linked to later academic outcomes:

  • Vocabulary – word fluency and understanding
  • Mathematics – logical thinking, manipulating numbers and numerical concepts
  • Non-verbal ability – recognising shapes, matching patterns, applying spatial awareness and visual intuition
  • Skills, such as proofreading, and perceptual speed and accuracy
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The AfE S1/S2 MidYIS baseline assessment is designed to fit into one lesson (approximately 50 minutes), and student responses are returned directly to CEM, so there is no teacher marking.

You can assess multiple students or a whole cohort, and can assess either on entry or in June of the preceding academic year, to ensure teachers have as much information as possible on new cohorts (the S1 assessment is available at the end of P7, and the S2 assessment at the end of S1 for early testing).

An easy and flexible experience for teachers, you can stop and restart the assessment as required, activate or lock the assessment for the whole year with one click, and data is submitted to CEM directly for processing, so there is no need for teacher marking or manual data entry.

What can the AfE MidYIS baseline assessment tell me?

With AfE S1/S2 MidYIS baseline reports, your school can receive high quality baseline feedback to help you recognise student and cohort strengths and weaknesses, identify gifted students or those requiring interventions. Reliable “predictive” information for National 3,4 and 5 qualifications help you to set appropriate targets for the individual, class or subject and develop learning plans accordingly.

You also receive ‘value-added’ progress reports, calculated using students’ baseline results and their National 3, 4 and 5 grades. These can offer valuable insight into schools’ performance and help with tracking student progress, self-evaluation and inspection.

AfE S1/S2 MidYIS assessment reporting and feedback includes:

  • Nationally standardised scores – comparing student performance in relation to UK national averages
  • Individual Pupil Record sheets – providing a visual breakdown of students’ relative strengths and weaknesses
  • Ability profiles for each new intake – showing students in relation to a nationally representative sample
  • Predictions and chances graphs – showing likely future performance in National 3, 4 and 5 qualifications and SOSCA at the end of S2
  • ‘Value-added’ evidence for students and subjects – showing performance at S1 and S2 and progress 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.

Example feedback for the AfE S1/S2 MidYIS assessment:

The Individual Pupil Record Chances graphs Value-added charts

The Individual Pupil Record offers standardised scores and a breakdown of Vocabulary, Mathematics and Non-verbal scores 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 performance for each subject, 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 Vocabulary, Mathematics and Non-verbal scores 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 performance for each subject, demonstrating where attainment is broadly in line with, above or below expectation.

How can I purchase the AfE S1/S2 MidYIS Baseline assessment?

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

Authority level reporting is available to aid analysis for groups of schools. 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 AfE MidYIS baseline assessment is designed to link to the AfE S2 curriculum-based assessment, SOSCA, offering predications and a measure of value-added from the start of secondary school to these curriculum-based assessments in Maths, Reading and Science at the end of S2 – find out more about the AfE S2 SOSCA Curriculum Assessment.

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