We’ve been so impressed. It’s easy to administer, doesn’t take up too much teacher time, yet we’re able to get in-depth information and age related scores. No other assessment we looked at was suitable for use throughout the school or was as accurate.
Mark Dakin, Headteacher, St Giles Primary

PTM Quick Reference Guide

  • Age range: Digital 7-14. Paper 5-14
  • Suitable for: Teachers, Maths Co-ordinators and SENCOs
  • Test duration: 60-75 minutes
  • Test format: Digital/Paper

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Progress Test in Maths (PTM)

The Progress Test in Maths (PTM) is a standardised assessment of pupils’ mathematical skills and knowledge.

PTM assesses two dimensions of maths learning:

  1. mathematical content knowledge (Curriculum Content Category)
  2. Understanding and applying mathematical processes through reasoning and problem solving (Process Category)


A valuable tool for improving teacher workload

Both the assessment itself and its reports have been designed to be as accessible and straightforward as possible, including simple guidelines for understanding the data, as well as ongoing support and guidance to ensure you are never left in the dark.


An accurate measure of progress

The assessment is aligned to the new national curriculum with a new standardisation based on around 34,000 pupils, providing valuable diagnostic information about specific strengths and weaknesses.


A reliable year-on-year benchmark

PTM can be used at the start and end of the academic year and is ideal for monitoring progress over time. Reports compare results for the first and second administrations of the test in a simple table, highlighting differences in a separate column.


An indicator of individual / group / whole school patterns

Individual, group and school reports are available, helping you to spot patterns such as a significant number of pupils struggling with the same grammar concept.


An invaluable tool for intervention

Compared against results from the Cognitive Abilities Test: Fourth Edition (CAT4), PTM helps you identify those who are underperforming in comparison to their indicated ability - making it easier to intervene in the most important areas.


A better prediction of Attainment 8 

PTM provides secondary schools teachers with an early predictor for Attainment 8, replacing KS2 indicators. Detailed sample reports and analysis provide evidence for Ofsted that all pupils are on track to meet expectations.


Level 11T Transition Test

For secondary schools, the transition test (Level 11T) enables you to benchmark current pupil performance on entry in Year 7 – and monitor any subsequent progress against it. Even if pupils have already been tested at the end of Year 6, it enables you to re-assess pupils on entry to secondary with new content – taking account of the ‘Summer Dip’ effect.


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


PTM is part of the Progress Test Series along with English and science.

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