Information for parents

What is PTE?

The Progress Test in English (PTE) is a test designed to assess each student’s attainment in English. It is tailored to the age of the child. For example, phonic knowledge and skills will be tested in the youngest age groups; spelling, punctuation and grammar will be tested in later years.

The Progress Test in English series consists of 12 tests. 11 of these tests cover the age range 4 to 14+ years (Progress Test in English 5 to 15). There 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 (Progress Test in English 11T).

Reports are set against national averages so that teachers can compare the results with those of schools across the country.

How is PTE used?

The Progress Test in English series gives teachers useful information. The test results can help teachers:

  • 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 

How does PTE compare to an exam?

PTE is taken under formal test conditions. However, it is not a timed test. Students will be given as long as they need to complete it. It can also be taken over two or more sessions with breaks in between each part.

Can I contact you with questions about PTE?

If you have any concerns or questions about the test, please contact your school. Please note that only schools can buy the PTE assessment.