GAPS Tests

A brand new addition to the standardised tests range, GAPS (or Progress in Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Assessment) will enable schools to reliably assess, track and predict pupil progress in technical English across the primary years.

GAPS will be published in phases from May 2017 to spring 2018.

These standardised termly tests are simple to administer and provide a reliable range of information that will support and guide the management of effective learning in the classroom. The series offers three tests for each primary
school year, so that you can monitor progress term by term.

  • Provides comprehensive information on each pupil - including their GPS age and a diagnostic profile across all of the strands of the new curriculum
  • Helps to monitor small increments of progress - offering a reliable basis for predicting future progress and supporting the setting of targets
  • Supports a whole-school assessment approach - with termly tests available from Autumn in Year 1 to the end of Year 6
  • Standardised with over 6,500 pupils nationally – allowing schools to benchmark their pupils’ performance against the national average

​Download a curriculum map to see content and technical terms covered in each termly test. 

GAPS is now available to order and will be published as follows:

  • Autumn tests - available now 
  • Spring tests - available now
  • Summer tests and full manual (including age-standardised scores, Hodder Scale scores and GPS ages) – spring 2018

Timeline for marking guidance and analysis 

  • The autumn tests will be accompanied by teacher guidance on the website. This will include how to administer the tests, the mark schemes, standardised scores and facility values. 
  • The marksheets for the tests will be available on MARK from spring 2018. 

Autumn Tests Evaluation Pack

This FREE pack includes one copy of each of the autumn tests to support you in evaluating the test content. Available now - order your free pack here.

You can also download some sample test pages now.


Please be advised that orders for the GAPS tests are restricted to schools/institutions only. Please supply an institutional address when you place your order as we are unable to fulfil orders with a private address.

Please also note that the GAPS tests are NOT photocopiable.

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