Alis for ages 16-19

(Post-16 assessment)

Understand the support your students need as they prepare for their A Levels.

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Age: 16-19 years

Assessment: Adaptive, Digital, Baseline assessment

Sections: Vocabulary, Mathematics, Non-verbal and Skills

Avg Duration: 50 minutes

Predicts to: A Level

Price: View current costs

Assessments to empower schools

CEM’s very first assessment, developed in 1982 following a request from a school to explore why their A-Level grades were so low across the board.
Read about our research story here.

Alis stands for A-Level Information System. It is an adaptive baseline assessment which empowers schools to unlock the full potential of students.
Specific to Key Stage 5, Alis helps you gauge an objective perspective of students’ strengths and weaknesses and see how they are likely to perform at A Level.

Why do schools choose Alis?

  • Nationally standardised scoring, comparing performance to national and independent school averages
  • Predictive data is generated from baseline test scores, and/or (I)GCSE results, informing how each student is likely to perform at A-Level.
  • Value-added reports highlight your school’s value adding resources which impact student achievement.

What skills does Alis assess?


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.

About the assessment

Adaptive: This is what makes us unique. Watch the video or read our blog to find out why adaptive testing is important.

Student-focus: Help students succeed along their educational journey. Alis reports include a detailed analysis of individual strengths and weaknesses to help structure a course of action for the academic year.

Quick: Alis is simple to set-up and run. Results are available for download within 48 hours.

Research-based: Alis is CEM’s original assessment founded with research, that helps schools explore students’ baseline abilities and to reveal the factors impacting student attainment at A-Level.

Predictions: Alis forms an objective judgement which highlights the likelihood of achieving each grade at A-Level. We believe this is a holistic alternative to point-predictions. Watch our video to find out more.


Objective Analysis

Alis forms an independent baseline of performance, in relation to the national average.


Revealing Hidden Talent

The test reveals outliers of excellence, as well as any dips in performance which would require attentive support.



Once results are in, teachers can accommodate for learning needs, and plan the academic year accordingly.



The assessment data can support teachers’ judgement when discussing progress with individual students.



Value-added data is a transformational tool, helping senior leaders evaluate which practices are most impactful.



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"Value-added on results day was excellent this year. It was very handy to receive the feedback so quickly as it allowed me to have value-added conversations with staff and governors right away."

John Maguire, Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School


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