About PTM

What is PTM?

The Progress Test in Maths (PTM) is an attainment test that reflects current approaches to the assessment of Mathematics. Each test assesses key aspects of Maths appropriate to the age of the students, including Mental Maths for students aged 8-14.

The Progress Test in Maths series consists of 12 tests; 11 tests covering the age range 4 to 14+ years (PTM 5 to 15) and 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 Maths 11T).

PTM measures students’ mathematical skills and knowledge in areas such as number, shape, data handling and algebra, as well as their mathematical reasoning and problem solving.

Why use PTM?

The Progress Test in Maths series has been developed to a high specification and standardised on a nationwide sample of students in the UK, with a separate and additional standardisation in Northern Ireland. The tests yield both raw scores and standardised scores, which will provide teachers with much useful information that can be used for both formative and summative purposes: 

  • 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 (where the preceding test in the series has been administered)

Features of PTM

  • Assesses students’ knowledge, understanding and application in Maths
  • Tracks progress at individual and cohort level
  • Indicates possible gaps in learning
  • Standardised on a large sample of students, with benchmarks verified each year based on analysis of over half a million students across all tests

Video: Introduction to PTM