New PiRA

What's new about New PiRA?

  • Standardised in 2019/20 on over 10,000 pupils
  • Increased number of inference, comparison and vocabulary questions that reflect national test question coverage more closely
  • Phonics in the Year 1 tests have been replaced by reading for meaning, to match the curriculum
  • Increased number of marks in the Year 2 Summer paper allows for a thorough diagnostic profile at the end of KS1
  • Additional marks added to the Year 5 and Year 6 papers, providing more challenging questions and an opportunity to stretch and track progress of pupils working at greater depth
  • Strands reflect the national test content domains, resulting in consistent and informative diagnostic profiling every term
  • Comes with diagnostic profiling to inform teaching and learning

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Test outcomes and features of New PiRA


Test outcomes and features

What does this mean for you?

Standardised score

See whether a pupil’s attainment is above or below the national average for their year cohort.

Age standardised score

See how a pupil is performing against other pupils of the same age, calculated in years and months.

Reading age

Get a quick measure of attainment against the age at which a pupil’s performance is typical.

Strand/topic analysis, including strand national average

See strengths and weaknesses across the curriculum to inform future teaching.

Facility value for every question

See the percentage of pupils who answered each question correctly in the standardisation trial.

Performance indicators

Identify whether pupils are meeting performance expectations for their year.

Hodder scale

Measure pupil progress with this independent scale. Useful for tracking and predicting performance of children who are working outside of their age range but continue to make small increments of progress for their year.

Standardised in 2019/20/21

Compare performance and progress of your Reception to Year 6 pupils with confidence.

Free online mark schemes and test guidance

Provided free with every purchase, meaning that you don’t have to carry a heavy book around with you! What's more, multiple teachers can access the documents at the same time.

Free comprehensive assessment maps

Ease planning and ensure that all content is taught before administering the tests with free comprehensive assessment maps.

Free access to online assessment and reporting tool, MARK

Trusted by over 6,000 schools for valid, easy-to-use assessment and reporting and used by teachers to analyse over 4 million papers.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your local Assessment Consultant.

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