Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Progress Test in Science (PTS) do? 

PTS measures students’ knowledge and understanding of science, as well as their application of this knowledge and understanding. Their ability to work scientifically is also assessed.

How is the Progress Test in Science used?

PTS can be used to support individual interventions and curriculum planning, and to measure cohort progress. It supports school improvement initiatives by showing the relative performance of students compared to national benchmarks.

Will I be able to look at performance on an individual question-by-question basis?

The Excel version of the group report for teachers contains question-by-question marks and so more detailed analysis for individual students may be carried out using this report. We are looking to add this information to the individual student report for teachers in a post-publication phase of further report development.

Do the tests link to the learning objectives for each year in the NC in England?

The Programmes of Study include Attainment Targets which are expressed as ‘pupils should be taught to…’

Please see the Downloads section for more detailed information on the links to UK Curricula.

Can the Progress Test Series be used with established assessment frameworks?

Yes. The Progress Test Series offers an objective, summative, once a year test with national comparison and can be placed alongside almost any assessment framework, including PiXL and the NAHT’s assessment framework.

Is the Progress Test Series a test of the curriculum?

While the Progress Test Series has been designed to sample and reflect the national curricula across the UK, it is not designed as a test of the curriculum as a whole. It is a summative assessment that reflects the curriculum and should be used diagnostically to assess where there are gaps in knowledge that has been taught and where pupils have particular strength that need to be challenged.

Do you have a template letter for communication with parents?

Please see our Links to National Curricula documents in the Downloads section where you can find template letters for communication with parents. 

Why are there two forms?

We want to continue to develop the PT series that we offer to schools. We have noticed schools needing more than one test and the introduction of a second test (Form B) will support this need. 

How can I measure in-year progress if I am using two different levels of test?

The SAS (standard age score) will allow you to compare a student’s results from two test sittings, even though they have sat different levels of the test. The SAS situates that student’s raw score on a scale within a nationally representative sample of students of the same age from across the UK. See the Quick data guide for further information.