How Bedrock’s Alpha Test helps to maximise each child’s learning progress

It’s proven that students make progress when they’re using Bedrock but they make the MOST progress when they’re exposed to language that’s right for their learning level, i.e. are in the Bedrock Vocabulary block that’s most suited to them.

A year 7 student, for example, will typically find that Bedrock’s Block 7 is most suited to their learning – but not always. If they are in a block that’s too easy for them, they won’t be learning as much as they could be, and if they are in a block that’s too hard for them, they may struggle to understand what’s being taught.

To make sure students start their Bedrock Vocabulary journey in the right place, we recommend they take the Alpha Test. Here, we explain how to take the test.

● The Alpha Test will automatically appear in the app when a new student first logs in. It’s ready to take straight away.

● Students don’t need to be nervous. If they don’t know the answers to any questions, it’s simply ensuring they start their Bedrock learning at the level that’s right for them.

● They shouldn’t ask for help or look up words. We want the test to give an accurate picture of a student’s vocabulary knowledge. Schools using Bedrock should ensure their students take the test at school, rather than home, while students using Bedrock independently of school should ensure that they take the test without support.

● The test won’t take long. As a guide, it should take between 5-10 minutes but it varies with each pupil. It isn’t timed and there is no upper time limit for the test.

● It starts with questions on Block 3 vocabulary. Block 3 is our block with the simplest vocabulary. If the student gets enough answers right, they will be shown questions from Block 4 and so on. The Block in which a student finds the vocabulary too challenging is the one in which they will start their Bedrock learning journey. They won’t be told if they answer each question correctly or not – they will simply get a message saying the test is complete.

● It ensures reading material is age appropriate. Irrespective of their ability, pupils in Years 3-6 are capped at Block 9, while those in Years 7 and 8 are capped at Block 10. Pupils in Years 9-11 are uncapped.

● The test automatically assigns each student to the right block. At the end of the test students are able to start their learning in the correct block right away.

If you have any questions about the Alpha Test, please contact or give us a call on 0203 325 9345. 

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