Overseas customers that buy the Progress Test Series of assessments in paper format are automatically offered the international option, which includes a subscription to our online marking tool (OMT). This allows schools to mark the tests themselves, eliminating the cost and delay of international shipping.
If you have chosen the UK option, to have your tests marked by us, you should follow the instructions below.
Please check which option you have before shipping your papers to us.
1. Fill in your Batch Header Sheet. You can download a copy for PTM here, PTE here and PTS here. On the Batch Header Sheet, a school needs to provide contact details, the level of test being returned (one BHS per level), the date of testing, year group and class title details and the exact number of pupils tested. The sheet itself is easy to fill out, with a number of multiple choice options than need to be filled in clearly using pencil. Once filled in the sheet is firmly attached to the front of the batch of booklets and the information on it will allow us to score and process your results accurately and efficiently.
2. Once you have ordered your booklets and before the tests have been taken, we will ask you to complete a data file containing pupil details. This will enable us to score the tests quickly and accurately. You can download the data file for PTM PTE and PTS data file here. Below are guidance notes on completing it correctly.
The file also asks you to complete an estimated test date and estimated date on which you will return the booklets to us. Completing this will enable us to plan for the scoring of your booklets efficiently.
3. Return your data file to us. You have two options for this:
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4. Return your pupil booklets to us, via a tracking service to:
GL Assessment PT Team
DRS Bureau Division
42/43 Potters Lane
5. Once we have received both your complete data file and pupil booklets we can begin the scoring process.
Please note: the turnaround time for scoring is 15 working days after the receipt of both data file and pupil booklets. This excludes weekends and bank holidays.
Completing the data file:
|A||Expected test date||The date you expect to test. The actual test date for each pupil should be written on the test booklet.|
|B||Expected return date||The date you expect to return the booklets to us.|
|C||DfE||Your 7-digit DfE number. Do not use a hyphen or slash|
|D||School Name||Your school name|
|G||Date of Birth||Pupil date of birth in the format DD/MM/YYYY with slashes, not hypens or dots (especially important for age-standardised tests).|
|H||Test Level||The test level is written as a number, e.g. for PTE8, write 8.|
|I||Gender||Pupil gender - F or M|
|J||Unique puil number||Assign each pupil a unique number, ideally their school UPN. This enables you to track progress.|
|K||Reg. Group||Pupil registration, class or tutor group.|
|L||Year||Pupil year group written as a number, e.g. 7.|
|M||Free School Meals||Is the pupil entitled to free school meals? For primary schools in England and Wales, you could use this column instead for Pupil Premium/Deprivation Grant information. Use Y or N only. This field is optional|
The pupil's ethnic group (optional).
|O||Special Educational Needs||Pupil's SEN status (optional).|
|P||EAL||Is the pupil's first language not English? (optional)|
These fields can be used to include other information to be reported on. E.g. pupil's maths set or Pupil Premium/Deprivation Grant status (optional).
If you have purchased our Progress Test Series in the paper format, you will need to pay for sending back your pupil booklets to GL Assessment for scoring. As soon as we are in receipt of your booklets and a correctly completed data file, the Scoring & Reporting department can commence marking which may take up to 15 working days to score your results.
To ensure this process is as cost effective as possible you can use a number of services.
The table below shows estimated prices of a range of postage suppliers including VAT for customers in the UK as of July 2015.
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You can get more accurate quotes online:
Please note: other postage services are available.