When to test with PTE

PTE 5 should only be administered during the middle to the end of the first school year. The test was standardised between February and March, so the scores reflect students’ performance at the mid-point of the school year.

PTE 6 to PTE 15 is best administered during the middle to the end of each school year. Again, the test was standardised between February and March, with scores reflecting students’ performance at the mid-point of the school year.

If PTE is being administered in the first term of the school year, the test from the year below should be administered as students will not have covered enough of the curriculum to be able to tackle the age-appropriate test.

PTE 11T is an additional test for students aged between 11 and 12 years, which can be used as a transition test on entry to secondary education. It is designed to be administered specifically during the first part of the first year of secondary school. It is based on primary English curricula so that students at the start of their secondary education can be assessed. PTE 11T can help create a baseline for students at the beginning of secondary/post-primary phase. PTE 12 may be administered in the spring or summer terms.

For students aged 7 to 11 years, Progress in Writing tasks are available separately to provide information about attainment in writing.