Progressive Achievement Test (PAT): Mathematics
This set of seven multiple-choice tests is designed to assist teachers in determining the level of achievement attained by their students in the knowledge, skills, and understandings of mathematics as described by the New Zealand curriculum. Each test is aimed at a different year level, however they can be used at other year levels to suit the needs of different groups of students.
The content of the tests is divided into six content categories:
- number knowledge
- number strategies
- geometry and measurement
Raw scores on any of the tests can be converted to scale scores that measure student achievement on a qualitatively described continuum of mathematics skills and knowledge. The scale is common to all of the tests, allowing the progress of groups of students or individuals to be tracked from year to year. Student results can also be compared with both year level and curriculum level norms.
- Test scores allow for formative as well as summative reporting.
- Scale scores enable a student's level of achievement to be tracked from year to year.
- Diagnostic reports are provided in the teacher manual.
- The tests can be used at any time between February and November each year.
- Tests can be used at two or more year levels.
- The tests come as reusable booklets with separate answer sheets.
Administration and Marking
The test is administered by the teacher. There are three scoring options: hand scored using a marking key; through the NZCER self-marking website; or via the automated test marking service.