PAIS is available for both Mathematics and English. The content is based on ACER’s extensive international assessment experience – all questions have been trialled in the international context and reflect how concepts are taught in most curricula.
There are two forms (A and B) for each grade level test form, and these grade levels can be flexibly applied.
distributions for your school
The first step in utilising PAIS for admissions at your school is to establish the performance distributions for each of your grade levels.
To create this, you will need to have your entire school, or a representative sample , sit the relevant PAIS assessments.
Then, advise ACER by email that you will need performance distributions for your school. You will receive a report, including the percentiles and median for each grade level.
We charge an administrative fee of 200 USD to create this report for you. If you require additional data to the above, please advise us and we can negotiate a price for your bespoke report.
Once you have your data, you will likely not need to update for a considerable amount of time, unless you notice significant changes in the performance at your school.
Administering the PAIS assessment
PAIS is administered online through your school account. No additional software is required – it can be used in most up-to-date browsers.
The assessments are available to sit on-demand at any time through the school year. Students can also be instantly added into your account as you need.
Your results will then be available as soon as the students have completed the assessment.
Using your performance distribution data
Once the students in the admissions cohort have sat PAIS, you can compare their results to the performance distributions ACER has created for you. If you require any guidance in this review, please feel free to reach out to the team.