Measure progress reliably

Making it easy for you to measure progress reliably in the wake of recent curriculum changes, the Progress Test Series (PT Series) in English, maths and science delivers a detailed, accurate, and clear picture of each pupil’s attainment and progress.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which test level should I use for Autumn 2020?

You can find a guide to test levels here:

PT English test level age guide

PT Maths test level age guide 

PT Science test level age guide 

Please note, this guidance is the same as for previous years.

How many children were involved in the standardisation?

You can see the amount of children involved in the standardisations on the guidance pages for PTM and PTE

How does your scoring and reporting service work?

For more details on our scoring service, visit our dedicated scoring and reporting page

Will I be able to look at performance on an individual question by question basis?

The Excel version of the Group report for teachers contains question by question marks and so more detailed analysis for individual pupils may be carried out using this report. We are looking to add this information to the Individual student report for teachers in a post-publication phase of further report development.

Do the tests link to the learning objectives for each year in the new NC in England?

The Programmes of Study include Attainment Targets which are expressed as ‘pupils should be taught to…’
The online Curriculum Links documents set out the Attainment Targets which are covered by each level of PTM and PTE.  The tests, however, sample the curriculum and, at an hour to an hour and a quarter in length, cannot offer exhaustive links to all the Attainment Targets.
For example, in PTE9 spelling, four of the six Attainment Targets are covered.  Those that are not (use of a dictionary and taking dictation) would not be appropriate to test in PTE.  The Attainment Targets for reading comprehension for Y3/4 focus on the reading of books which cannot be the focus of PTE.

However the test does link to the crucial Attainment Targets of understanding what is read, dealing with a range of texts and retrieving information, making inferences and understanding how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning.  In this way, the tests can make a valuable contribution to the assessment of pupils against the Attainment Targets which will be further supported by the wider range of activity and work undertaken in the classroom and assessed on an ongoing basis by the teacher.

Please see the following links for more detailed information on the links to UK Curricula:

Progress Test in Maths
Progress Test in English

The narratives in each Individual student report for teachers will be helpful in assessing whether or not the Attainment Targets have been achieved, as the commentary extrapolates from the test scores (and the skills being directly tested) to make a fair assumption about other skills or knowledge each pupil may be assumed to have acquired.

Can the Progress Test Series be used with established assessment frameworks?

Yes. The Progress Test Series offers an objective, summative, once a year test with national comparison and can be placed alongside almost any assessment framework, including PiXL and the NAHT’s assessment framework.


Is the Progress Test Series a test of the curriculum?

While the Progress Test Series has been designed to sample and reflect the national curricula across the UK , it is not designed as a test of the curriculum as a whole. It is a summative assessment that reflects the curriculum and should be used diagnostically to assess where there are gaps in knowledge that has been taught and where pupils have particular strength that need to be challenged.


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