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Progressive Achievement
for International Schools


Flexible, online assessments

Stimulating, world-class test content delivered in an easy-to-use format.

Instant, interactive reports

Review a complete picture of student learning with a rich variety of reports and data.

Personalised test pathways

PAIS Adaptive provides a fairer and more accurate way to assess than conventional assessments.

Using decades of ACER's international assessment experience, Progressive Achievement for International Schools (PAIS) provides educators with immediate and relevant feedback to support evidence-based teaching and improve student learning outcomes.

Designed for an
international school context

PAIS has been created for international schools and schools with an international focus. Test content is culturally diverse and not aligned to a particular curriculum.

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Progressive Achievement is the idea that all learners can be supported to demonstrate progress, regardless of starting points. It underpins much of ACER’s work.

The Progressive Achievement approach

Using PAISfor admissions

PAIS can be used to gain an accurate picture of each student’s Reading and Mathematics abilities when they enter your school.

The on-demand assessments are reliable and assess concepts as they are taught in most curricula, making them well-suited to the admissions process. Results are also delivered instantly.

Find out more


Learn more about PAIS and the Progressive Achievement approach in one of our introductory webinars for prospective schools. Please select the session that best suits you and your time zone.

Personalised test pathways: New PAIS Adaptive assessments for international schools

This webinar will discuss how Progressive Achievement for International Schools (PAIS) Adaptive assessments support international school equitability initiatives through personalised test pathways and rich, easy to understand feedback. Underpinned by ACER's Progressive Achievement approach – the concept that all learners can be supported to demonstrate progress, regardless of starting points.

See the session time in your timezone.

Wednesday 29 May


How to use PAIS for admissions

This session will discuss how to use PAIS for admissions at your school to gain an accurate picture of new students' achievement.

The webinar will cover:

  • how to select the right form
  • establishing and using performance distributions at your school
  • reading your PAIS reports.

Available on demand.


Trusted assessments by a world leader in education

ACER is globally renowned for its work in assessment, educational research, and products and services that improve learning across the lifespan. Since 1930, we have built a strong reputation as a provider of reliable support and expertise to education policymakers and professional practitioners.

Contact us to find out how PAIS can improve your teaching and learning

One of our friendly staff members will contact you to discuss how PAIS can help you.

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