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Common Questions for Schools

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What is Test4Good?

Test4Good is an initiative run by schools and students in Dubai. It gives parents the opportunity to revisit their school days by taking a test that is invigilated and marked by students. It’s a fun way for parents and children to learn from each other while raising money for a good cause. Test4Good will run from February 23 to April 30. An awards ceremony will follow in May.

What are the Test4Good Awards?

The Test4Good Awards will recognise teams of students in two categories: Most Creative Campaign, and Most Collaborative Campaign.

The winners of the Most Creative Campaign will be a team that used fun, interesting or original ways to encourage parents and teachers to take Test4Good. Maybe you made videos, designed posters, or set Twitter on fire (not literally, of course)? Show us what you did and how you did it, and your team could win!

The winners of the Most Collaborative Campaign will show how they worked with organisations, companies, schools, and others in the community to promote Test4Good and encourage more people to take part.

Both awards will be given to teams rather than individuals.

When will the Test4Good Awards be held?

The Test4Good Awards will take place at the final What Works event of this academic year, What Worked, on May 18 at Dubai Healthcare City. Winners will receive a prize and a certificate.

What is Dubai Autism Center?

Dubai Autism Center is a non-profit organisation serving children with autism and their carers. DAC relies on grants, donations and fundraising to serve its community. All donations from Test4Good will go to Dubai Autism Center.

Why Dubai Autism Center?

Dubai Autism Center currently caters to 53 students with autism, but has a waiting list of more than 200. The Center will be able to provide education and care to many more students and their parents when it opens its new premises in Garhoud.

What are international assessments?

International assessments are tests taken by students at specific points in their schooling. These tests are taken by students in many countries, allowing policy makers to compare the effectiveness of their education programmes with that of other nations.
In 2015, Dubai will participate in two international assessments – TIMSS (Trends in Mathematics and Science Study), which will test Grade 4 and Grade 8 students in Maths and Science, and PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) for 15-year-old students.

Why are international assessments important?

According to the 2021 UAE National Agenda targets, the UAE aims to score in the top 20 countries in PISA and in the top 15 countries in TIMSS. These goals will be achieved when we all come together as a community of educators and parents working towards the continued improvement of teaching and learning.

How will Test4Good help Dubai in international assessments?

Research shows that parents’ active involvement in their children’s education is crucial to academic success. An essential part of successful test-taking lies in literacy – the ability to read and understand the questions being asked. In all countries that participated in PISA 2009, results found that students who read daily for enjoyment score the equivalent of one-and-a-half years of schooling better than those who do not.

When parents take part in Test4Good, they will better understand the process of taking a test and help their children to prepare.

How will holding Test4Good benefit us?

Test4Good is an excellent opportunity to bring students and parents together for a good cause. By taking part in Test4Good, your school will also be helping Dubai to achieve its National Agenda targets. Your school name will also be featured on the Test4Good website.

How can we host a test?

Working with the students who will be organising Test4Good, please register the date(s) you’d like to run Test4Good on www.test4good.ae. You can download all promotional materials, and find all the resources you need to help you host the test. If you have further questions, please contact our team on info@test4good.ae.

Will it cost us money to hold a test?

Schools may wish to provide tea and coffee for participants. Pencils and erasers also need to be provided. Costs to the school will be minimal.

How much time should we dedicate to running the test on the day?

The test itself will take 20-30 minutes to complete. Parents should arrive 10-15 minutes early. All in all, running the test should not take longer than 90 minutes.

Who should invigilate the test?

Since Test4Good will be taken by parents, we recommend that senior students invigilate.

How can we mark the test?

We will send all participating schools a template of the answer key which they can use to mark the test. Students are responsible for marking the test.

How many people can sit the test at the same time?

This depends on the size of your venue and the number of invigilators.

Will we need computers or special equipment to run the test?

This is a paper-based test, so no computers are needed. The test venue should have plenty of pencils and erasers. Invigilators will need coloured markers to mark the test.

What test conditions do we need to have for the test?

Test-takers should be seated at individual desks if possible, far enough apart so they can’t see each other’s papers! Use of mobile phones is not allowed.

How many people are required to run the test?

This is up to you. When you know how many people you are expecting to take the test, you will be able to plan the number of student invigilators and markers needed.

Does the test have to be invigilated and marked by students?

Yes, that’s part of the fun! Test4Good is a project designed to be organised, managed and run by the students in your school.

Can teachers take Test4Good?

Absolutely! Teachers will greatly benefit from the experience of doing an international assessment, and being marked by their students!

Where do we get the tests from?

Once you register online to host the test, we will arrange for delivery of the test papers on the test day.

How can we promote the test?

It’s up to you! Promoting the test is a great opportunity for your students and teachers to get really creative – you can make videos, posters, use social media – anything! All schools are encouraged to use their media contacts and social media accounts to promote their participation in Test4Good. KHDA will retweet and repost all social media posts from schools using the #Test4Good hashtag.

You can also encourage more parents to get involved by distributing Test4Good materials in your weekly newsletters and by linking to www.test4good.ae from your school’s website.

How much time should we dedicate to organising the running of the test?

Again, this is up to you and your students. Keep in mind the resources you have at your disposal, how many students will work on the initiative, and your target for the number of parents who will be sitting the test.

When can we hold the test?

You can hold the test anytime between February 23 and April 15. The exact dates and timings are up to you.

How many times can we hold Test4Good?

As many times as you like! Just make sure to register each session online so that we can deliver the test papers to you.

What materials are required for the test?

A pencil and eraser should be placed on each desk before the test begins. Invigilators will also need coloured markers to grade the test.

We’ve had an enquiry from a company about hosting Test4Good. How can we do this?

We encourage organisations to work with schools to take part in Test4Good. If you wish, you can host a test on behalf of the company at your school, or at the company’s offices if that is more convenient. Senior students must be available to invigilate and mark the test. When you have finalised a date, place and time with the company to hold the test, please register it on www.test4good.ae so that we can deliver the test papers to you.

How do we give the donations to Dubai Autism Center?

Dubai Autism Center will provide you with cash-only donation boxes at the time you choose to hold the test. They will return to pick up the donation box once the test has finished.

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