About PTS

What is PTS?

The Progress Test in Science (PTS) provides a reliable assessment of students’ attainment in science. 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.

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

Why use PTS?

The Progress Test in Science 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 PTS

  • Assesses students’ knowledge, understanding and application in science
  • 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 PTS