Introduction to Progress Test Series level 15 (beta)

Due to increasing demand from our schools, the beta version of our level 15 English, Maths and Science tests were released in April 2018, to follow on from the current level 14 assessments.  These tests are designed to enable international schools to build an even more comprehensive picture of students’ progress and skills development, as well as supporting preparation for other external assessments and examinations as students progress through education. 

Tests were completed by schools between April and July 2018, and this data is now being analysed in order to standardise the tests, ready for release in April 2019.

The beta tests have now been removed from Testwise, and reports and data are being provided to those schools that were part of the standardisation cohort.

What do the tests involve?


The tests will build upon content already acquired in previous years, with increased emphasis on extended reasoning, comprehension and problem solving, to take into account the variation in the order in which content is taught in Year 10.


Progress Test English level 15

With the existing skills focus in the upper levels of PTE, this test follows the same format, including short spelling, punctuation and grammar sections, followed by comprehension and interpretation of fictional and factual text extracts.


Progress Test Maths level 15

The mental maths section is omitted from this level, replaced by calculator and non-calculator sections, with an increased emphasis on real-world mathematical concepts and mathematical literacy, with a higher weighting of reasoning and problem solving questions. The process categories will remain the same as for the earlier levels of PTM.


Progress Tests Science level 15

Following a similar, predominantly multiple choice format as at lower levels, there is an emphasis on linked questions, requiring students to understand real-world scientific contexts. There will be proportionately more working scientifically/scientific literacy questions to encourage students to reflect on methodology and interpret data.



The data gathered from this first round of testing will be used for standardisation. Therefore, the standard, instant reports available for other PT levels through Testwise are not initially be available for PT15 (beta), but will be available once the standardised tests are released in April 2019.

Results from the PT15 (beta) tests will be sent to schools during September 2018 and comprise of the following data:


School level results report:

  • Overall Mean raw scores for each test
  • Overall Mean raw scores by gender for each test
  • 9 percentile band analysis for each test – stanines cannot be applied to unstandardized scores, but this will provide a similar analysis.

Student level raw results report:

  • Student details and demographic information
  • Total raw scores
  • Raw scores per test section
  • Percentile band


When will the standardised Progress Test Series level 15 be available?

We are now working on the standardisation of the tests and we anticipate that fully standardised tests with instant reporting through Testwise will be available for the spring 2019 testing period.

When will we be re-credited for our administrations of PT15 as part of the standardisation cohort?

Once your results and reports have been released to you in September, we anticipate that your credits refunded and be available to you from October 2018.

Further information

Please contact the International Team at or on +44 (0)20 8996 3369