Uses for PAT assessments
Diagnose starting points
Establish what students are capable of, then challenge them at the appropriate level for effective learning.
Monitor student progress
Assess at recommended intervals to measure learning growth over time. Reporting at an individual, group or year level is quick and easy.
Flexible, secure and easy to administer
Each assessment is administered in under 60 minutes through ACER’s secure online platform, or using paper-based tests.
Assessments available in PAT
Assess mathematical literacy and understanding across three strands and four proficiencies with test content personalised to each student.
Measure reading literacy and comprehension, across four strands and 16 strand processes with test content personalised to each student.
Assess mathematical ability and measure growth from Years 1 to 10. Also available as an innovative adaptive assessment.
Assess reading comprehension and measure growth from Years 1 to 10. Also available as an innovative adaptive assessment.
Early Years Maths
Four assessments targeting mathematical ability in the first two years of schooling, supporting early intervention.
Early Years Reading
Four assessments targeting emergent reading skills (e.g. decoding) and comprehension in the first two years of schooling, supporting early intervention.
Assess knowledge of spelling and skills in identifying and correcting spelling errors.
Grammar & Punctuation
Assess understanding of the standard Australian English language conventions of grammar and punctuation.
Measure the breadth and depth of vocabulary and associated processing skills for a comprehensive understanding of vocabulary knowledge and ability.
Assess word knowledge through synonyms.
Assess science knowledge, scientific literacy, and understanding and application of scientific principles.
Inquiry and Problem Solving in STEM Contexts
Measure a student's ability to solve problems and answer questions through inquiry in STEM settings.
PAT Critical Reasoning
Assess a student’s ability to analyse and evaluate ideas and arguments – a fundamental subset of the skills that constitute critical thinking. **On sale 11 October 2021**
More than half of all Australian schools use PAT to target teaching and improve student learning.
Pricing and purchasing
Online assessments and reporting
Individual student cost for online assessment
Per student administration
Purchasing online assessments and reporting
Log into your ACER school account and purchase assessments through the store.
Visit the online ACER shop for pricing and to purchase print assessments.
Secure, flexible assessments to suit your schedule
ACER’s sophisticated online platform helps you spend less time on administration and planning and more time making the most of the insights from effective assessments.
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Scoring and reporting
Reporting is easy with PAT. Report on individuals, classes or year levels and compare results across groups.
All tests are automatically scored and reports generated in each school’s online account.
Teachers can score and report manually or electronically, or use ACER’s Test Scoring and Analysis service.