IEB - Assessment Matters
Details pertaining to the Grade 6 Core Skills Test 2017

Core Skills Dates and Costing:

The Core Skills Test is available in both English and Afrikaans and will be conducted at schools on Monday, 31 July 2017.  The test is two hours in length, conducted in two one-hour sessions with a short break between the two sessions. The cost to participate in the Core Skills Test in 2017 is R145 per learner. This fee is non-transferable and non-refundable. Further details can be obtained from Tebogo Mahatlane (011.483.9700).

Marking and Reporting:

Teachers at participating schools mark their own learners’ scripts using standardised marking guidelines.  These marking guidelines will be standardised at the IEB offices by a panel of Grade 6 teachers on 31 July and posted on the IEB website on 2 August 2017.  The deadline for all the marked scripts to be sent to the IEB for moderation is 8 September 2017.

The IEB will provide feedback to participating schools about the achievement of their learners as well as about the school’s performance in relation to the full sample of participating schools.  The IEB will also provide an overall report on the performance of learners across various aspects of the test.  Schools will receive their results in November. 

Schools that are new to the Core Skills Test are encouraged to mark their scripts in collaboration with a neighbouring school that has participated in the test before so that they have assistance in interpreting the marking guidelines.  Contact details of neighbouring schools writing the test can be obtained by emaling Michele Botha.

The IEB offers two customised workshops for schools; one that facilitates the marking of their learners’ scripts and another that deals with the interpretation of the school’s results to inform curriculum design and delivery.  Michele Botha can be contacted for further information regarding these workshops.

What do schools who wish to participate need to do?

Schools interested in participating in this benchmarking assessment must register before 24 March 2017.
Schools can register on-line at

Should a school have any further queries, they may email Tebogo Mahatlane (011.483.9700).
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