What is the ASPECTS assessment?

ASPECTS, is a unique Early Years assessment which combines teacher observation with an objective computer-based assessment and identifies what children aged 3 to 4 know and can do. For use in nursery, the ASPECTS assessment can be taken at the start of the year to provide a baseline, and optionally at the end of their time in nursey to measure progress and inform transition into reception class.

As the assessment is adaptive, the sequence of questions is tailored to each child, moving them on when they get questions wrong, and showing more challenging questions when they answer correctly. This makes the assessment enjoyable, age-appropriate, engaging and time-efficient.

What’s unique about CEM assessments?

CEM’s assessments are all adaptive. This means that questions are tailored to the individual pupil, 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 ASPECTS assessment work?

The ASPECTS assessment is designed to give valuable one-to-one time between Early Years practitioner and child, using a computer-based storybook-style approach to assess targeted aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFs) Specific areas of Learning and Development:

  • Literacy – including handwriting, vocabulary, concepts about print, phonological awareness, identifying sounds and identifying letters.
  • Numeracy – including ideas about maths, identifying shapes, identifying numbers and counting.

The assessment takes around 20 minutes to complete, and is carried out one-to-one with each child at a computer. The computer is controlled by a teacher, teaching assistant or appropriate adult – the assessment asks the child to complete activities, and the adult submits the responses.

The ASPECTS assessment supports the principle that every child is unique and so incorporates optional assessment of focused EYFS Prime areas of Learning and Development using teacher observation:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development covering areas such as independence, confidence, concentration, relationships and communication.
  • Motor Development – including finger movement, finger painting, sending and receiving, static balance and walking.

The ASPECTS assessment is carried out when children start nursery and optionally at the end of their time in nursery (which may be more than one academic year).

All responses are returned directly to CEM, so there is no teacher marking or data entry.

What can the ASPECTS assessment tell me?

The ASPECTS assessment gives you valuable objective information on what children know and can do right at the start of school life. You can use this information to plan a challenging, enjoyable and effective experience for each child in all of the areas of learning and development. A child’s score can also form a baseline from which to measure progress.

With ASPECTS you receive:

  • A combined Literacy and Numeracy development score for each child.
  • A Motor Development score for each child.
  • Progress made in literacy and numeracy development from the beginning to the end of nursery.

The information can be viewed online or downloaded, and software is available to enable further exploration of the data.

Example feedback for the ASPECTS assessment:

Aspects Example Feedback 1

Progress made over the year is shown, demonstrating where pupils have made expected, above or below expected progress for their age and ability.

How can I purchase the ASPECTS assessment?

Find out more about how you can purchase the ASPECTS Early Years assessment at the Costs and Registration Forms Page.

You might also be interested in CEM’s assessments throughout the primary years:


BASE Reception Baseline Assessment

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