CEM Primary Assessments

As your pupil progresses from early years into primary school, our adaptive baseline assessments work to continue that strong foundation and unlock potential for primary school children aged 5-11. We have two baseline assessments that work towards this goal: BASE (for 4-5-year-olds) and InCAS (for 5-11-year-olds).

Read on to find out which assessment is right for your pupil, and how you can map their learning journey throughout school.

Primary school children working


discover what children know and can do from the start

Support early learning and development.

A fun, interactive assessment, BASE is a tool that takes just 20 minutes and feels more like a game than a test. Demonstrate progress across their first year in school and gain empowering insight that will help you tailor teaching plans to best support your students.

For teachers in international schools, BASE complements the Cambridge Primary programme, and works seamlessly with the subject knowledge assessments to help generate a larger picture of your pupils’ learning pace and stage.

What is BASE?

BASE is, in short, a ‘baseline assessment’. BASE gives you a clearer picture of every child in your class through a fun, story-based assessment so you can help them flourish and grow. BASE can be used at the start of the year, as a fun first assessment that allows you to spot potential issues early, and then again at the end of the year to celebrate their progression.

The BASE focus areas:

The first year in school is critical in a child’s learning journey. Based on over 30 years of research, BASE focuses on the following so you can identify those vital opportunities for support:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Communication
  • Language
  • Personal, social and emotional development

The benefits of BASE

Set yourself and your students up for future success and see the short-term benefits as soon as you start using BASE.

Instant insights:

  • Understand your children’s starting points quickly
  • Find hidden potential or additional needs
  • Plan and resource interventions early

Long-term gains:

  • Use BASE to inform your planning, resources, and interventions (for an individual or a whole-class)
  • Monitor your progress from the start to the end of the year
  • Meet your school goals and future proof your children’s progress (so they do better in their GCSEs)

BASE is:



treat it as a ‘getting to know you’ assessment



evolving with the child’s abilities



so you can choose the package that suits your school and budget


Quick and easy

it takes just 20 minutes to work through a fun story style session!



giving you quality time to observe your pupils in one-to-one sessions



no paperwork required!


Curriculum independent

perfect for the state and independent sector


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unlock potential for primary children

Build a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning.

A simple, fun assessment that takes 20 minutes to complete per module, packed with rock-solid data and unique insight, InCAS complements your intuition and experience as a teacher. This baseline assessment helps you get to know your pupils, and quickly get to grips with what they know, what they don’t, and what you can do to help them flourish.

What is InCAS?

InCAS is instant intuition. From the big picture to the smallest detail, InCAS helps you to see it all – an invaluable tool to help you build on your students’ key skills, pinpoint any gaps in their learning, and get them into the best possible shape for secondary school and beyond. InCAS gives a broad overview of a child’s abilities, ideal for whatever curriculum you follow.

The InCAS focus areas:

InCAS is an interactive assessment and explores a child’s baseline abilities across six different modules:

  • Reading – including word recognition, decoding, and comprehension
  • Spelling – such as the ability to spell common, key words
  • Mathematics – counting, arithmetic, fractions, data handling, algebra, measures etc.
  • Mental Arithmetic – addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
  • Developed ability – picture vocabulary, non-verbal reasoning
  • Attitudes – pupils’ attitudes to reading, maths, and school

The benefits of InCAS

The InCAS assessment has a range of benefits that help you slot this fun, interactive assessment easily into your classroom and boost your students’ learning journeys.

Instant wins:

  • No marking, no paperwork, no fuss. Results can be downloaded in 48hrs
  • Flexible system that lets you access the tool in one session, or simply when you need it over days/weeks
  • One single assessment system can be used throughout primary school
  • Know exactly where every child’s learning journey starts

Long-term gains:

  • Be assured that your school is on track to meet its goals
  • Set your students up for a life of successful learning
  • Gain confidence in the progress your pupils are making with Pupil Progress Charts

InCAS is:



establish your children’s starting-point



it evolves with your students’ abilities and gets harder or easier depending on their answers



no paperwork required; just use a computer



lets you gain a deeper understanding of your students’ skills and strengths



only 20 minutes per module



can be dipped in and out of to neatly slot into your lesson plans


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