What is the Progress Test in Science?

Progress Test in Science (PTS) is a standardised assessment of students’ science knowledge including the three core areas of physics, chemistry and biology as well as working scientifically.

The test is designed for use year-on-year to support teachers in benchmarking student’s science knowledge, and measuring their progress over time. This can help identify areas of the curriculum where there may be gaps in understanding and support targeted teaching and learning.

PTS is part of the Progress Test Series along with maths and English and is an ideal assessment for reliable progress tracking and benchmarking.

‘The Progress Test Series is reliable and accurate, with user-friendly graphics so you can immediately spot trends.’
Juliette Tommons, St Polycarps School

What can I do with the Progress Test in Science data?

PTS provides robust and reliable data on your students’ attainment in science.

The data generated includes a Standard Age Score (SAS), which allows you to benchmark the student’s performance against other students of the same age, as well as analysis by curriculum content category, enabling you to drill down into specific areas where there may be gaps in understanding.

The tests help senior leaders, heads of year, teachers, Science Co-ordinators and SENCOs to:

  • Benchmark performance against students and schools internationally
  • Monitor progress in science year-on-year
  • Support teachers’ professional development
  • Communicate with parents and other stakeholders

A cluster report is also available for school groups using the Progress Tests series – providing all the scores for each school in a single report.

Providing seamless assessment between ages 8-14, PTS includes a brand new transition test (Level 11T). Designed specifically for use at the beginning of Year 7, it provides an accurate baseline from which progress in secondary school can be monitored. For pupils who have already been tested at the end of Year 6, it enables schools to re-assess on entry to secondary with new content.


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