The purpose of Sumdog’s maths diagnostic is to place pupils at the right level, based on their ability, so that we can personalise questions for each pupil. Once pupils have completed the maths diagnostic, they will be given a skill to focus on when playing games on Sumdog. They will then gradually work through a skill plan aligned with their curriculum as they play games.
During the maths diagnostic your pupils may be asked some questions that they find difficult. Please ask them not to worry and they will be able to skip the question.
Once your pupils complete their maths diagnostic, you will get a snapshot of their ability by viewing their diagnostic results. The diagnostic result will show you ability related placement level. This shows you which level your pupils are working at based on your school’s curriculum. You will also be able to view a detailed diagnostic report including which skills within the curriculum they have a good understanding of and which skills they are having trouble with.
The maths diagnostic is in a quiz format and is designed to be completed within about 30 minutes. Pupils will not play games during the maths diagnostic.
Your pupils will be given two sets of teacher-reviewed and approved multiple-choice maths questions.
The first 15 questions will focus on numeracy and are taken from the year group below a pupils’ current one and will be used to determine the level of diagnostic questions the pupil sees next.
If your pupil is working below level don’t worry, if they are struggling with the 1st 15 questions they will be asked a 2nd set of 15 questions which are at a lower level.
The remaining 40 questions will be drawn from a range of different maths topics.
If pupils are not able to complete the maths diagnostic in one sitting they can pick up where they left off when they next log in.
Once your pupils complete their maths diagnostic, you will get a snapshot of their ability by viewing their diagnostic results. The diagnostic result will show you an ability related placement level. This shows you which level your pupils are working at based on your school’s curriculum. You will also be able to view a detailed diagnostic report including which skills within the curriculum they have mastered and which skills they are working on.
The maths diagnostic will be automatically assigned to pupils with new Sumdog accounts and it will appear on their dashboard as ‘Getting to know you’ and pupils should press start. If you have set students other work (assessments/challenges/competitions) they will need to click on their Tasks box and select the maths diagnostic.
If you would like to reset a pupils’ diagnostic, click here.
Once your pupils have completed their maths diagnostic they will be given a score and a focus skill. When they start playing Sumdog games they will be asked questions according to their focus skill. Each pupil will then progress through the skill plan in their curriculum according to their level.
Pupils will also be rewarded with their first pet when they have completed their maths diagnostic. If the pupil has a pet, they will instead receive a pet trick.
Click here for how to view the results of your pupils’ diagnostic.
If your pupils rushed through questions or had help in the maths diagnostic they might be placed in an incorrect level. If you find that they were placed in either a too low and too high level you can reset the maths diagnostic score for them, here is how.
Note: If your pupils are rushing through the maths diagnostic questions you could remind them that they will earn 5 coins for each correct answer. The more coins they earn the more they can spend in their House.