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Progressive Achievement Tests in Science (PAT Science)

Publisher: ACER Press 2009

The Progressive Achievement Tests in Science (PATScience) is a thoroughly researched and nationally normed test to assess student achievement in scientific understanding from Years 3 to 10. The test questions are designed to assess science knowledge, scientific literacy and understanding of scientific principles, as well as their application.

Key features

  • test booklets that target a specific year level and cover a wide range of year levels to cater for differing abilities
  • short-answer questions and marking guides to provide more diagnostic information about a student's ability
  • a common scale for all eight tests, giving teachers the ability to compare different students using different tests and monitor development over time
  • national norms to allow for comparisons between student performances and the Australian reference group for each year level
  • comprehensive norm, diagnostic and descriptive individual and group reports
  • a CD containing copy masters of administration instructions, score keys and a range of report formats.


  • Track students’ progress in science from Year 3 to Year 10
  • Identify students’ strengths and weaknesses using the optional short-answer questions
  • Use results to help report students’ progress to parents

Test components

  • Teacher Manual with CD (contains all information required to administer, score and interpret the tests).
  • Re-usable Test Booklets (eight multiple-choice tests, each targeted at a particular year level but suitable for use and normed in adjacent year levels to cater for differing abilities).
  • Answer Sheets (scannable answer sheets so you can use ACER Test Scoring Services to save valuable teacher time).

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Additional Digital Resources for PAT users


The PAT Resources Centre is an online subscription-based portal designed to meet the needs of teachers that have conducted PAT assessments, the Centre provides tailored teaching programs and resources targeted to the achievement level of students. These tools allow teachers to use PAT results to inform teaching and improve student learning.


ACER Q-Central is a digital learning solution that allows teachers to engage more effectively with students' classwork, assessments and homework. Automated and fast marking produce 'everyday data' to inform teaching practice and pinpoint student progress.

Note: These tests may only be purchased for School use by qualified Educational professionals.

Code / ISBN Title Price
A000PSC PATScience Specimen Set $179.95
A500PSC PATScience Teacher Manual $116.95
A101PSC PATScience Test Booklet 1 (Years 3 & 4) $7.50
A102PSC PATScience Test Booklet 2 (Years 3, 4 & 5) $7.50
A103PSC PATScience Test Booklet 3 (Years 4, 5 & 6) $7.50
A104PSC PATScience Test Booklet 4 (Years 5, 6 & 7) $7.50
A105PSC PATScience Test Booklet 5 (Years 6, 7 & 8) $7.50
A106PSC PATScience Test Booklet 6 (Years 7, 8 & 9) $7.50
A107PSC PATScience Test Booklet 7 (Years 8, 9 & 10) $7.50
A108PSC PATScience Test Booklet 8 (Years 9 & 10) $7.50
A600PSC PATScience Answer Sheet OMR (Pkg 10) $15.00

Click here to read an article about PATScience in Teacher magazine.

'For me, the greatest value in this material is not in identifying individual needs, but in auditing how your curriculum delivery is working – whether your students actually understand what is being taught... What the testing further clearly showed, though, is what was lacking in the science that had been delivered to these students, by me and those who came before me...

PATScience provides us with a test that’s easy to give, that’s easy to get marked, that’s easy to obtain various data for and that can show student progres­sion. It allows for monitoring of individual students as well as auditing courses. With all that in mind, it’s great to see that some­one has done the yucky part of the work for us, leaving us teachers to worry about providing the appropriate programs for our students and not messing around with datasheets.'

Carl Di Stefano, Science Teacher, St Joseph's College, Melbourne

Published in Teacher Magazine, December 2009

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