The Progress Test Series is reliable and accurate, with user-friendly graphics so you can immediately spot trends...The Progress Test Series shows Ofsted in an instant where children are and the value we add as a school.
Juliette Tommons, St Polycarps School

PTS Quick Reference Guide

  • Age range: 7-14 Years
  • Suitable for: Teachers, Science Co-ordinators and SENCOs
  • Test duration: Approx. 60 minutes
  • Test format: Digital/Paper

Progress Test in Science (PTS)

PTS enables you to monitor science achievement benchmarked against peers nationally, as well as measuring the key National Curriculum requirement of ‘working scientifically’.


A valuable tool for improving teacher workload

Both the assessment itself and its reports have been designed to be as accessible and straightforward as possible, including simple guidelines for understanding the data, as well as ongoing support and guidance to ensure you are never left in the dark.


An accurate measure of progress

The assessment is aligned to the new national curriculum with a new standardisation based on around 34,000 pupils, providing valuable diagnostic information about specific strengths and weaknesses.


A reliable year-on-year benchmark

PTS can be used at the start and end of the academic year and is ideal for monitoring progress over time. Reports compare results for the first and second administrations of the test in a simple table, highlighting differences in a separate column.


An indicator of individual / group / whole school patterns

Individual, group and school reports are available, helping you to spot patterns such as a significant number of pupils struggling with the same grammar concept.


A better prediction of Attainment 8

PTS provides secondary schools teachers with an early predictor for Attainment 8, replacing KS2 indicators. Detailed sample reports and analysis provide evidence for Ofsted that all pupils are on track to meet expectations.


Level 11T Transition Test

For secondary schools, the transition test (Level 11T) enables you to benchmark current pupil performance on entry in Year 7 – and monitor any subsequent progress against it. Even if pupils have already been tested at the end of Year 6, it enables you to re-assess pupils on entry to secondary with new content – taking account of the ‘Summer Dip’ effect.


PTS is part of the Progress Test Series along with English and maths.