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

Progress Test in Maths (PTM) is a standardised assessment that enables you to assess students’ mathematical knowledge and measure 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 Maths

PTM 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

Why should we use this assessment? Main features and benefits?

  • Reliable assessment of skills and knowledge mathematics (mathematical (curriculum) content and 4 process categories):
    • Are students on track in relation to their peers nationally?
    • Are there any gaps in learning?
    • Have (some) students mastered more advanced content and are performing above average?
  • Rigorous data on maths attainment and progress* to inform
    • the planning and development of teaching and learning strategies 
    • support and interventions or extension work
    • target setting
  • Provides reliable standard age scores
    • Benchmark against peers in age group
    • Baseline for maths learning and teaching
    • Profiles for groups and individuals: strengths and weaknesses
    • Progress year-on-year*
  • Fulfilling reporting needs on maths attainment and progress*

*Information on progress is available when previous test level has been administered.

Which levels are available?

  • Tests are available for both primary and secondary years: levels 5-14
  • The Progress Test in Maths series consists of 11 tests: 10 tests covering the age range 5 to 14+ years (Progress Test in Maths 5 to 14), plus an additional test for pupils aged between 11 and 12 years, which can be used as a transition test on entry to secondary education (Progress Test in Maths 11T)

When should schools test and which levels?

  • The tests have been developed to be taken towards the end of the school year, where the curriculum for the year has been mostly covered, or at the start of next year, except for 11T, which is to be taken during the first term of Y7/Y8/S1
PTM Level Autumn term PTM Level Spring / Summer term Year Group Age of Year Group Key Stage
  Level 5 Reception 4 -5 Early Years
Level 5 Level 6 Year 1 5 - 6 KS1
Level 6 Level 7 Year 2 6 - 7 KS1
Level 7 Level 8 Year 3 7 - 8 KS2
Level 8 Level 9 Year 4 8 - 9 KS2
Level 9 Level 10 Year 5 9 - 10 KS2
Level 10 Level 11 Year 6 10 - 11 KS2
Level 11T Level 12 Year 7 11 - 12 KS3
Level 12 Level 13 Year 8 12 - 13 KS3
Level 13 Level 14 Year 9 13 - 14 KS3


Do schools receive any training or require training other than the guidance notes?

The test is very easy to administer and teachers only need the At A Glance Guide, or the digital guidance

Is there audio in the digital test?

  • In the digital test, the test instructions are given over audio at the beginning of the test
  • For levels 8-14 there is a separate Mental Maths section delivered via audio
  • All students will need headphones to complete the online assessment

How is the Mental Maths section administered?

  • Customers using paper tests should download the audio file from GL Assessment website. We recommend that you always use the audio rather than read out the questions yourself. This ensures a reliable administration
  • For digital users, the audio is included in the test.

How have the tests been standardised?

  • The tests have been standardised on a UK sample of over 34,000 students.
  • For full details of the trialling and standardisation process, please refer to the PTM technical information sheet.

Can PTM Mental Maths section be accommodated for the use of children with hearing impairments?

The ‘At a Glance Guide’ for use with paper tests includes the script for the Mental Maths section. This can be used to accommodate children with special educational needs.

Using the data from Progress Test for Maths

Fully standardised, PTM 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 supporting a student at home and enable teachers to focus on each individual student.


An introduction to the Progress Tests series

Introducing PTM

What data is provided?

What does the data mean?

PTM – the whole pupil view

Effective reporting with PTM

Progress Test in Maths technical information

PTM has been standardised on a large sample of 34,000 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