Test Preparation

Please note: Each student will need a computer, a set of headphones and a mouse. All equipment needs to be in good working order.

Before the testing session

It is strongly advised that you go to the Testwise website:

https://help.testingforschools.com/display/HOH/Getting+Started

Timing

PTM 7

Progress Test in Maths (PTM) 7 has no time limit and students should be given as long as they need to complete it. We anticipate that most students will be able to demonstrate what they can do within 35 minutes.

PTM 8-14

PTM 8-14 are in two parts. The first part is a timed Mental Maths test and the second is a longer main test (Applying & Understanding Maths). It is important that students take both the Mental Maths and the main test, to give you a wider picture of their mathematical skills. Results will be based on combined scores for the Mental Maths and main test and reports will not be available until both sections have been completed.

The Mental Maths test should take about 15 minutes to administer. In this test, each question is timed.

The main Applying & Understanding Maths test has no time limit and students should be given as long as they need to complete it. We anticipate that most students will be able to demonstrate what they can do within 40-60 minutes.

You may wish to combine the Mental Maths and main test in one session, or you could split the tests across two days if you wish (although the two sections should be taken within a week). Decide in advance on a reasonable amount of working time for your group of students. You will need to allow some additional time for a short break between the Mental Maths and main test, where applicable, and for ensuring that the test conditions are suitable.

PTM 15

Progress Test in Maths (PTM)15 has no time limit and students should be given as long as they need to complete it. We anticipate that most students will be able to demonstrate what they can do within 60 minutes.

The test environment

The test must be administered in a formal test environment with students made aware that they are taking a test and that the usual expectations of behaviour and constraints of a test session will be in place.

It is important that the teacher or invigilator is active in ensuring that students are working their way through the test with intent and that there is no talking or opportunity to copy from another’s work.

Each student will need a computer, a set of headphones and a mouse. All equipment needs to be in good working order.

Each student should also be given a pencil and a sheet of rough paper to do any working out on. This should be handed back to the teacher at the end of the test and thrown away.

Checklist for testing

Before the test session

Allow enough time for the testing session or sessions, including settling time for the students. Decide which tests your students are completing during the session.

Provide a computer, a set of headphones and a mouse, in good working order for each student. Calculators are NOT allowed.

Familiarise yourself with these administration instructions.

General arrangements for testing

• Be sure the testing room is comfortable.

• Place a ‘Testing – Do Not Disturb’ sign on the door.

• Try to forestall any interruption of the testing session by visitors or announcements.

• You may want to set up the computers in advance if your students are young.

Pupils with special educational needs

The administration of the test can be adapted for pupils with special educational needs or for whom English is an additional language. No assistance should be given with any mathematical content of the test, including explaining terms.*

Please be advised that the Mental Maths section for levels 8-14 is timed.