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Progress Test in Maths (PTM)

PTM support, downloads and userguides

The perfect tool for schools to raise standards in mathematics

Progress Test in Maths (PTM) is a standardised assessment of pupils’ mathematical skills and knowledge including number, shape, data handling and algebra. This is designed for use year on year to support teachers in benchmarking student’s maths 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Reliable assessment of skills and knowledge mathematics (mathematical (curriculum) content and 4 process categories):
    • Are students on track in relation to their peers nationally?
    • Are there any gaps in learning?
    • Have (some) students mastered more advanced content and are performing above average?
  • Rigorous data on maths attainment and progress* to inform
    • the planning and development of teaching and learning strategies 
    • support and interventions or extension work
    • target setting
  • Provides reliable standard age scores
    • Benchmark against peers in age group
    • Baseline for maths learning and teaching
    • Profiles for groups and individuals: strengths and weaknesses
    • Progress year-on-year*
  • Fulfilling reporting needs on maths attainment and progress*

*Information on progress is available when previous test level has been administered.

  • Tests are available for both primary and secondary years: levels 5-14
  • The Progress Test in Maths series consists of 11 tests: 10 tests covering the age range 5 to 14+ years (Progress Test in Maths 5 to 14), plus an additional test for pupils aged between 11 and 12 years, which can be used as a transition test on entry to secondary education (Progress Test in Maths 11T)
  • The tests have been developed to be taken towards the end of the school year, where the curriculum for the year has been mostly covered, or at the start of next year, except for 11T, which is to be taken during the first term of Y7/Y8/S1
PTM Level Autumn term PTM Level Spring / Summer term Year Group Age of Year Group Key Stage
  Level 5 Reception 4 -5 Early Years
Level 5 Level 6 Year 1 5 - 6 KS1
Level 6 Level 7 Year 2 6 - 7 KS1
Level 7 Level 8 Year 3 7 - 8 KS2
Level 8 Level 9 Year 4 8 - 9 KS2
Level 9 Level 10 Year 5 9 - 10 KS2
Level 10 Level 11 Year 6 10 - 11 KS2
Level 11T Level 12 Year 7 11 - 12 KS3
Level 12 Level 13 Year 8 12 - 13 KS3
Level 13 Level 14 Year 9 13 - 14 KS3

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The test is very easy to administer and teachers only need the At A Glance Guide, or the digital guidance

  • In the digital test, the test instructions are given over audio at the beginning of the test
  • For levels 8-14 there is a separate Mental Maths section delivered via audio
  • All students will need headphones to complete the online assessment
  • Customers using paper tests should download the audio file from GL Assessment website. We recommend that you always use the audio rather than read out the questions yourself. This ensures a reliable administration
  • For digital users, the audio is included in the test.
  • The tests have been standardised on a UK sample of over 34,000 students.
  • For full details of the trialling and standardisation process, please refer to the PTM technical information sheet.

The ‘At a Glance Guide’ for use with paper tests includes the script for the Mental Maths section. This can be used to accommodate children with special educational needs.