Progressive Achievement Tests in Early Years

Progressive Achievement Tests in Early Years are mathematics and reading tests for students in the first two years of their schooling. The tests are available online, include audio instructions and are designed for tablet delivery with a minimum recommended screen size of 1024 (w) x768 (h). They are also compatible with most computers and laptops. Headphones or earphones are required by each student.

It is possible for young students (including emerging readers) to complete the tests independently and at their own pace. Early Years testing is designed to complement other methods of assessment in the early years (interviews, portfolios and observation logs etc.) 

The Early Years Mathematics framework covers five strands of early maths and aligns to the Australian Curriculum:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Measurement
  • Geometry
  • Statistics

The strands are consistent with Progressive Achievement Tests in Mathematics. Early Years Mathematics assesses the emergence and consolidation of key foundation skills in these strands.

Mid-foundation Mid-Year 1
Students are able to work with collections of up to 20 and can recognise numbers up to 50 Students are developing their knowledge of numbers larger than 20 up to 100. They are able to solve simple addition and subtraction problems.

The Early Years Reading framework covers five strands of early reading and aligns to the Australian Curriculum:

  • Print
  • Vocabulary
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Listening Comprehension
  • Phonics

The strands differ from those reported in Reading Comprehension as they cover skills specific to emerging readers:

Mid-foundation assessment Mid-Year 1 assessment
Students can read high frequency words and some simple sentences with strong support from illustrations Students have increasingly fluent decoding skills and can read simple texts with some support from illustrations.


Early Years Mathematics Practice requires 4 to 8 minutes, followed by the assessment of approximately 20 to 35 minutes.

Early Years Reading Practice requires 5 to 10 minutes, followed by the assessment: of approximately 30 to 45 minutes.

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