IPAS General Ability

IPAS General Ability is a thoroughly researched test for measuring students’ general reasoning ability.

IPAS General Ability tests are designed to assess the intellectual ability and aptitude of the students. The tests provide scores for different strands – Verbal, Numerical and Abstract reasoning to identify strengths and development needs.

There are nine IPAS General Ability tests, with content appropriate for each year level from Year 2 to Year 10.  All of the IPAS General Ability test forms are calibrated on a single measurement scale, allowing teachers to match test level to ability and monitor development over time.  The single scale used for reporting means teachers can use tests of varying difficulty in the same class, based on their expert judgement, and still compare student performance irrespective of which test form is used. This allows more accurate measurement of individual students at different stages of learning. Most importantly, it also allows accurate and fair comparisons over time, in particular monitoring a student's or a cohort’s progress from year to year.

Percentiles and stanines allow for comparison with a national norm group at different year levels.