The perfect tool for schools to raise standards in English

Progress Test in English is a standardised assessment of pupils’ technical English skills (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and reading comprehension. This is designed for use year on year to support teachers in benchmarking student’s English knowledge, and measure their progress over time. This can help in identifying those in need of extra help, as well as those who are particularly able.

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.


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