23 Nov 2018

Year 10 Yellis Test Individual Pupil Record

Dear Parents / Carers,

As you will know, in June, your child took their Yellis test. (For new students, they have taken theirs recently). I am happy to enclose their Individual Pupil Record (IPR) to those of you who have not already collected them at the parents’ CEM Data information evening. The test results will be sent to your mailing addresses in the coming week.

What is Yellis?

All ESF schools work with an organization called CEM (The Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring), which is part of the University of Durham. CEM offers four levels of testing at different points throughout a child’s school life and ESF uses these tests to set a baseline for your child’s potential and progress through their time with us. Millions of children in over 70 countries sit these tests, so we feel the results act as a reliable tool to help inform our expectations of your child’s minimum potential. Yellis is the test that all students take across ESF in Year 9 or 10.

What does Yellis test?

  • Vocabulary – word fluency and understanding
  • Mathematics – logical thinking, manipulating numbers and numerical concepts
  • Non-verbal ability – ability to match patterns, reflections and rotations and apply visual intuition

What do these results show?

Your child’s Individual Pupil Record shows four results. Each of the four results are described in four different ways, so there are 16 numbers shown in the table at the bottom of the IPR. The standardised score results are also shown in a graph.

Standard Score: This is a numerical score, standardized against every student in the World who sat this test. The global average standardized score is 100.

Band: 25% of the students who took this test are placed into each Band. A is the highest.

Percentile: This is the percentage of children who scored less than your child in this test.

Stanine: The Stanine further refines the standardized score into ninths. 9 is the highest Stanine.

The Graphic: The graphic chart shows your child’s standardized score in each test. The dot represents their score on the day they took the test and the lines represent the range of scores CEM would expect your child to achieve if they were to sit the test again and again.

Chances Graphs

As CEM has been working with millions of children over many years, they have a sizeable database of Yellis test results and GCSE and IGCSE results. The chances graphs show what proportion of students with the same Yellis profile as your child, actually achieved which grade in most IGCSE qualifications in recent years. Results are not available for Psychology or Chinese at the present time. This can be the starting point for a conversation about your child’s aspirations and what will be needed for them to achieve the grades they aspire to.

How do you use the information?

Yellis is one part of the Teacher’s toolkit. It is one method that helps us to get to know your child’s strengths and areas for development as a learner. This information will be added to the professional judgement, observations and assessments of teachers here at Sha Tin College. Our aim is to ensure your child is happy and successful; during their IGCSE studies at Sha Tin College and later in their adult and professional life. The Yellis results are just the starting point of this part of our exciting and important journey together.

A link to the presentation given at the parents’ information evening can be found in the attachment below. If you have any further questions, please email me at morgag1@stconline.edu.hk


Yours faithfully,

Gareth Morgan

Senior Leader



Presentation Powerpoint