Assess attainment in English and measure progress year-on-year

Progress Test in English (PTE) is a standardised assessment that enables you to assess students’ knowledge of phonics (for the youngest children), technical English (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and reading comprehension, and track progress over time.

The information on this page will help you to understand how the tests can be used and how to interpret the data that they generate.

How to use Progress Test in English

PTE is available in paper or digital formats and is simple to use and administer.

The digital assessments start at age 7, the paper at age 5. The data provided in the reports will support your professional judgement and add to the development of a whole view of each of your students.

Click on the links below for further information:

Test level age guide

Detailed overview of the tests

Digital administration guide

Digital demo

Online marking tool

Progress Test Series Scoring

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the new Progress Test Series more in tune with the new national curriculum? Why are PIE/PIM being replaced?

The new tests reflect changes in the curricula across the UK since PIM and PIE were standardised in 2004. For example, in England there is now increased emphasis on spelling, grammar and punctuation across all key stages so this part of PTE has been enhanced. In maths there is an increased focus on problem solving and so this is reflected in PTM.  It is also important to provide normative data that is up-to-date so the all-new content has been standardised; this will reflect any changes in standards over time.

Do Progress in Maths (PIM)/Progress in English (PIE) map to Progress Test in Maths (PTM) and/or Progress Test in English (PTE)?

An equating study has been carried out to allow a seamless transition – ensuring consistency over time.  As part of the technical report, tables are available to allow a conversion of the PIM or PIE score to an equivalent score for PTM or PTE. This should be done for the same level of PIM/PTM or PIE/PTE and will be for the test administered in the previous year; this score can then be compared with the Standard Age Score from PTM and/or PTE for progress tracking purposes.

The technical reports are available at:
PT Series Support

An assessment of progress from PIM or PIE to PTM and PTE will be generated automatically and will appear in the reports as below average, average or above average progress.

Will a teacher guide be included, as for Progress in Maths and Progress in English?

No, in the new series you will instead receive an ‘At A Glance Guide’ for every 10 booklets ordered. This guide provides all of the guidance instructions needed to administer the tests.  Our website also provides additional information in digital form (see the links above).


Can we directly compare the result of PTE12 with the results from the PiE11 taken in the autumn?

Yes, if the transition test is not administered progress will be measured from PTE11 to PTE12 (the same applies for PTM).

Which levels do I buy for the new series?

You can find out the levels on the individual product pages for PTE

For customers already using PIM or PIE, the levels directly correspond with the levels in the new test, so you can continue ordering the same levels.


Can all tests be delivered in paper versions?

Yes, paper and digital for each level and the Transition Test.


We previously used the Long Forms for PIE, what can we use for the new series?

Progress in Writing has been developed as a separate, photocopiable resource. It helps you measure pupils’ writing progress. A mark scheme is provided and examples of children working at, above or below age appropriate expectations for each task. This, however, does not give a Standard Age Score.


Using the data from Progress Test for English

Fully standardised, PTE provides comprehensive data tailored to different audiences.

The reports are designed for easy interpretation, with straightforward graphs and narrative implications for teaching and learning. Reports also include suggestions for parents on how they can support their child at home and enable teachers to focus on each individual student.

An introduction to the Progress Tests series

Introducing PTE

What data is provided?

What does the data mean?

PTE – the whole pupil view

Raising standards in reading and literacy

Progress Test in English technical information

PTE has been standardised on a large sample of 35,000 students. The standardisation process took place over 3 years, during which time the material was thoroughly trialled and standardised. This means the data presented compare individual students as well as groups very directly with peers, providing the all-important standardised benchmark.

Standardised Scores Explained

Definitions of each of the scores to support your interpretation of the assessment reports:

Standardised Scores Explained