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Progressive Achievement Tests (PATs)

The Progressive Achievement Tests (PATs) assess students' Mathematics, Listening Comprehension, Punctuation and Grammar, Reading Comprehension, and Reading Vocabulary. PATs are a series of standardised tests developed specifically for use in New Zealand schools.

Note:  Assessments can only be sold to schools, teachers with a current teaching certificate, or parents/caregivers of homeschooled children with a current exemption certificate.  

PAT: Punctuation and Grammar

  • designed to assess Years 4-10 students
  • questions fall into three categories: punctuation, grammar use and grammar knowledge
  • questions are aligned with the Literacy Learning Progressions
  • multiple-choice for easy, accurate marking
  • able to be reported using scale scores or stanines
  • able to be hand-marked or marked by NZCER's Marking Service
  • includes recommendations about using results for further teaching and learning.

PAT: Mathematics

  • designed to assess students in Years 3-10
  • assesses number knowledge, number strategies, algebra, geometry and measurement and statistics
  • 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 come as reusable booklets with separate answer sheets
  • Computer adaptive testing for PAT:Mathematics is available 

PAT: Listening Comprehension

  • designed to assess students in Years 3-10
  • there are 8 tests; one for each year level
  • multiple-choice for easy and accurate marking
  • professional sound recordings of texts, questions and each multiple-choice answer on CD
  • user-friendly layout of teacher and student booklets
  • able to be marked by NZCER's Marking Service
  • progress over time can be tracked on a scale
  • starter kits are available

PAT: Reading Comprehension & Reading Vocabulary

  • designed to assess Years 4-10 students
  • are combined in one booklet but can be used as separate tests
  • 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
  • tests are standarised and easy to mark
  • tests are multiple choice and maps student progress on a scale

Support and Advice

NZCER has a team of people able to provide a range of ongoing assessment support and advice to schools.

For advice about the use of our tests, including possible workshops, next steps and conversations around making sense of your school assessment, head to our Support and Advice page or contact our Education Adviser (details at the top right of this page).

We can also provide advice directly related to the NZCER Marking Service (subscriptions, setup, technical, data and reports).

An information sheet called Understanding PATs - for parents and the community is also available and advises more on the background and marking processes of PAT's.

For further information about purchasing PATs

Please call us on (04) 802-1450 or email sales@nzcer.org.nz.

NOTE:   The use of photocopied test material (including answer sheets) is a breach of copyright.