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

Progress Test in Science (PTS) is a standardised assessment that enables you to assess students’ scientific 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 Science

PTS is available in paper or digital formats and is simple to use and administer. All PTS questions are multiple choice.

Both digital and paper assessments start at age 8 and run through to age 14. There is one test per year group for primary. For secondary years, there are three tests – one for the beginning and two optional forms for measuring progress two or three years later, depending on how the science course is taught in your school.

Click on the links below for further information:

Test level age guide

Detailed overview of the assessments

Digital administration guide

Online marking tool

Progress Test Series Scoring

Using the data from Progress Test for Science

Fully standardised, PTS 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 PTS

What data is provided?

What does the data mean?

PTS – the implications for teaching and learning

PTS – the whole pupil view

Progress Test in Science technical information

PTS has been standardised on a large sample of 15,000 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