Diagnostic assessment looks backwards rather than forwards.

It assesses what the learner already knows and/or the nature of difficulties that the learner might have, which, if undiagnosed, might limit their engagement in new learning.

There are
two main reasons for using a diagnostic assessment process:

1.  To collect information that allows a teacher to write programs that match the  needs of the class student-body.

2.  To prepare a remediation program for students who have gaps in their  knowledge, or who have mis-learnt information.


The 'Ants' program provides diagnostic assessment procedures for the main strands of literacy and numeracy.


The 'Ants' program provides diagnostic assessment tools for the main strands of literacy and numeracy.

#12102 Kindergarten Checklists

Early intervention is the key to preventing many long term learning difficulties. The tests in this kit are diagnostic, that is, they do not provide a performance ‘age’ to compare with a student’s chronological age. Rather, they are designed to locate specific mis-learnings or gaps and to determine a starting point for instruction. The tests are arranged for different times during the year: on entry to school, half-way through the school year, and at the end of the school year. The tests include phonemic awareness, reading, spelling, numeracy, basic kinaesthetic skills (including handwriting) and hearing (a simple do-it-yourself test). The tests do not include social skills or detailed gross and fine motor skills.

#13101 Programming for Spelling K-6

The Programming for Spelling K-6 text contains a series of diagnostic spelling tests that increase in difficulty. It is recommended that teachers choose the appropriate test for their class at the beginning of the year in order to determine a starting point for the teaching of spelling.

#12101 Ants in the Apple Assessment Kit

The Ants in the Apple Assessment Kit contains an extensive set of diagnostic tests for concepts about print, phonemic awareness, reading and spelling (K-6). The wide range of assessments contained in this kit is especially useful for teachers who are working with students who have special needs and/or learning difficulties.

#16101 Comprehension Manual

The Comprehension Manual provides short assessments, on four levels of difficulty, that focus on a range of comprehension sub-skills such as word meanings, synonyms, antonyms, pronouns, general knowledge, main idea and literal / inferential / predictive questions.

Ants in the Apple Numeracy Program

Each of the four components of the Ants in the Apple Numeracy Program (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) contains a set of diagnostic / placement tests.

Teaching/Learning interventions

The Ants in the Apple Literacy and Numeracy programs are task-analysed and provide scope and sequences based on those task analyses. This ensures that teaching/learning interventions flow in a logical sequence and that crucial teaching elements are not inadvertently omitted. Students are taken on to the next step in a scope and sequence when they have demonstrated mastery at the current level.


    The Ants in the Apple specific remediation programs include: