Information for parents

What is PTS?

The Progress Test in Science (PTS) is a test designed to assess each student’s attainment in science. It is tailored to the age of the student and measures their knowledge and understanding of science, as well as their application of this knowledge and understanding. Their ability to work scientifically is also assessed.

The Progress Test in Science series consists of 7 tests. 6 of these tests cover the age range 7 to 14+ years (PTS 8 to 14). 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 Science 11T).

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

How is PTS used?

The Progress Test in Science series gives teachers useful information. The tests 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
  • To measure a students’ baseline, progress, effectiveness of intervention or knowledge retained over the school break (when administered twice in the year)

How does PTS compare to an exam?

PTS 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.

Can I contact you with questions about PTS?

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