Progress Test in English (PTE)

Assess pupils’ technical English skills and reading comprehension

Monitor progress

Track progress in English year-on-year

Personalise learning

Provides accurate information about pupils’ strengths and weaknesses


Benchmark attainment against peers nationally 

With the removal of National Curriculum levels, GL Assessment’s Progress Test Series gives us everything we need to know for our overall assessments at the end of the year. You can compare a child’s results this year with last year’s. It shows whether they have made expected, below or above progress.
Juliette Tommons, St Polycarp’s School
PTE Quick Reference Guide
  • Age range: Digital 7-14. Paper 5-14
  • Suitable for: Teachers, Literacy Co-ordinators and SENCOs
  • Test duration: 60-75 minutes
  • Test format: Digital/Paper

Progress Test in English (PTE)

Progress Test in English (PTE) is a standardised assessment of pupils’ technical English skills (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and reading comprehension. This is designed for use year on year to support teachers in benchmarking student’s English knowledge, and measure their progress over time. This can help in identifying those in need of extra help, as well as those who are particularly able.

The reports within PTE will feature a new indicator showing potential student attainment at the end of KS2 and GCSE. Find out more>> 

Why use Progress Test in English?

  • Support groups and individuals to succeed with accurate information about their strengths and weaknesses
  • Identify needs for additional support or extension work
  • Benchmark attainment against peers nationally
  • Monitor progress in English year-on-year
  • Evaluate teaching and learning strategies
  • Communicate with parents and other stakeholders

Providing seamless assessment between ages 5-14, PTE includes a brand new transition test (Level 11T). Designed specifically for use at the beginning of Year 7, it provides an accurate baseline from which progress in secondary school can be monitored – a key requirement rom Ofsted. For pupils who have already been tested at the end of Year 6, it enables schools to re-assess on entry to secondary with new content.

Progress in Writing

To measure each pupil's writing progress, a separate photocopiable resource is also available.

PTE has become the standardised English assessment of choice in many schools. The new edition respects the legacy of its predecessor (the widely used and trusted Progress in English, PiE) while providing brand new content relevant to UK Curricula, including the new English national curriculum and a new standardisation based on around 35,000 pupils.

PTE is part of the Progress Test Series along with maths and science and is an ideal assessment for reliable progress tracking and national benchmarking with new content to match the new National Curriculum.