Due to increasing demand from our schools, we are now planning to release the beta version of our level 15 English, Maths and Science tests 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
As the first cohort to take the tests, 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, will not initially be available for PT15. School level results will however be provided separately.
The tests are currently being developed and reviewed by experts, to be available to the first cohort of test takers in April 2018.
As this first cohort of test takers will be used for the standardisation of the tests, therefore meaning that schools will need to give permission for their student data to be used, the costs for all PT15 credits redeemed in this first phase will be refunded.
We anticipate that fully standardised tests with instant reporting through Testwise will be available for the spring 2019 testing period.
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