15 great reasons to choose the PAPAA »
Questions about JCQ Access Arrangement? We can help! »

Selecting, Using and Interpreting Standardised Tests - SASC Approved Course (STPET)

10 hours (online) or Face to Face (two days) - £230 Online, £250 Face to Face

This course is for anyone who is interested in the selection, use and interpretation of standardised tests, and the principles of educational testing, from those who are new to the subject through to those who hold a qualification in assessment. Communicate-ed is an Authorised Assessment CPD provider for the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC). This is a SASC approved course giving 10 core hours for renewal of SpLD Assessment Practising Certificates.

The course covers key aspects for consideration when choosing standardised tests and the correct administration and interpretation of these tests, including:

  • Reliability and validity
  • Currency
  • Age appropriate testing
  • Interpretation of statistical data
  • Standardisation
  • Using Standardised Tests for Access Arrangements

During the 10 hour course there is the opportunity to consider in depth the following tests: WRIT, WRAT 5, GORT 5, DASH, CToPP 2, DRA 3 and Access Reading Test 3.

Sessions covering the following tests are also available online: WIAT 3 TUK, Working Memory (TOMAL 2 & WRAML 2), TOWRE, SDMT, BPVS, Dyslexia Portfolio, York Assessment of Reading Comprehension, Academic Achievement Battery, WRAT 5, Adult Reading Test, Woodcock Johnson VI UK and IRE edition, and SPaRCS. A 5 hour course is also available online for £130. Please contact us (online at communicate-ed dot org dot uk) for information about how to access these sessions.

The course tutors are Sarah Beard and Caroline Read (online).

Lia Castiglione

Lia Castiglione

Lia Castiglione is Head of Training at Communicate-ed. She has been teaching and supporting learners of all ages for over 25 years and in varying educational settings. She is a specialist teacher who is highly experienced in all aspects of access arrangements, has held a current Assessment Practising Certificate since 2008 and regularly assesses in schools and colleges. Lia is the co-creator of a postgraduate access arrangements assessor course and is the author of the Patoss/JCQ book, ‘Assessing the Need for Access Arrangements.’ Lia serves on the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC) Board of Directors.

Caroline Read

Caroline Read

Caroline is a Specialist Teacher who has practical experience in all areas of the Access Arrangements process and trains for LAs, Universities and SEN Services. Caroline contributed to the PATOSS/JCQ publication ‘Dyslexia: Assessing the need for Access Arrangements’, has been published in academic journals and has worked with various publishers to develop tests. She was part of the working party which set up ‘Access Arrangements Online’ and has been involved with other DfE and Ofqual training and policy projects.

Ally Howes

Ally Howes

Ally is a Specialist Teacher who has assessed pupils across various age ranges and settings, as well as working as a SENCo in a large mixed comprehensive school. Ally has led on both literacy and numeracy interventions working with pupils with a range of special educational needs. She has been part of a team of experts working with NFER to develop the National Reference Tests.

Sarah Beard

Sarah Beard

Sarah is a Specialist Teacher who runs a number of accredited dyslexia courses through her company dittas Ltd (http://www.dyslexiatraining.net) She also offers teaching and assessment of dyslexic learners of all ages, through dyslexia services (http://www.dyslexiaservices.net) and works closely with local schools. Sarah has extensive experience of teaching and assessing learners of all ages, having worked for over twenty years supporting dyslexic learners, including ten years in a College of Further and Adult Education. Sarah also lectures locally and nationally on the subject of dyslexia and SpLD and was joint founder of the PAPAA course. She holds APC and AMBDA status.

This course is available online for you to access at a time and place of your choice. Delegates will have 20 days to login and watch all of the courses they book.

To view our 5 minute Introduction to Communicate-ed Online video please CLICK HERE.

For nearly two decades we have been running courses across the country, aiming to provide high quality, value for money training for education professionals working in the area of special needs. Many of our delegates are telling us that it is increasingly difficult for busy professionals to take the opportunity to attend courses ‘off-site’. In response to this, we now offer a number of online training courses, focusing on Examination Access Arrangements, Assessment, and Supporting SEN Students.

With the internet now so accessible, the advantages of online courses are clear:

  • They can be accessed at the delegate’s convenience, in the workplace or home
  • Delegates don’t need to travel, saving time and transport costs
  • Running costs are lower, allowing us to pass savings on to our delegates

Courses can be viewed at any time, and in any venue where there is a good internet reception.

As standard, you will have 10 days (or for some courses 20 days) from the start date you choose, to login and view the course. You can run the course as many times as you want to within this 10/20 day period. We also run special offers for some courses which give unlimited access to courses to the end of an academic year.

N.B. Delegates will need a good broadband connection to access our online courses.

​This course is not assessed. You can opt to do a multiple choice assessment to assess your knowledge after the course for an additional £10.


  • fee £230.00

Early Bird rate applies to bookings for Face to Face courses received 21 days before the course date.

How do I book?

You can book online using the form below. You can Pay online, or we can supply you with an invoice.

Book Pre-recorded online course

Choose a start date

You will have 20 days from this date to access the course content.


Book Face to Face Course



The following discounts are available for multiple delegates, and will automatically be applied at checkout

2nd delegate: £10
3rd and subsequent delegates: £20

Book Webinar


Book Conference


Do you want to add assessment?

Demonstrate your knowledge of the principles learned during the course with a validated multiple choice question assessment with a printable certificate.

Delegate 1

Please include the name, email address and role for each delegate.