About PTE

What is PTE?

The Progress Test in English (PTE) is an attainment test. It assesses key aspects of English appropriate to the age of the students: phonic knowledge and skills; spelling, punctuation and grammar; and reading comprehension. 

The Progress Test in English series consists of 12 tests; 11 tests covering the age range 4 to 14+ years (PTE 5 to 15) and an additional test for students aged between 11 and 12 years, which can be used as a transition test on entry to secondary education (Progress Test in English 11T).

Why use PTE?

The Progress Test in English series has been developed to a high specification and standardised on a nationwide sample of students in the UK, with a separate and additional standardisation in Northern Ireland. The tests provide both raw scores and standardised scores, which will give teachers useful information that can be used for both formative and summative purposes: 

  • To identify students who need additional support or extension work
  • To identify patterns of performance and areas for development for the whole class 
  • To compare students with others in the same age group nationally 
  • To compare a student’s progress from one year to the next (where the preceding test in the series has been administered)

Features of PTE

  • Assesses students’ knowledge, understanding and application in English
  • Tracks progress at individual and cohort level
  • Indicates possible gaps in learning
  • Standardised on a large sample of students, with benchmarks verified each year based on analysis of over half a million students across all tests

Video: Introduction to PTE