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PUMA Key Stage 3

PUMA Key Stage 3

Progress in Understanding Mathematics Assessment

Progress in Understanding Mathematics Assessment (PUMA) is a suite of standardised termly tests that enable schools to accurately measure and predict progress in maths and compare performance to national averages.

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Published by RS Assessment from Hodder Education, part of the Hodder Education Group.

"We love the idea of a suite of standardised tests that will allow us to track improvement in a meaningful way throughout KS3" - William Boyce, Alterman Peel High School

Progress in Understanding Mathematics Assessment (PUMA) for Key Stage 3 enables schools to accurately measure and predict students' progress in mathematics and compare performance to national averages using standardised scores. 

These standardised assessments, available for Years 7 to 9, enable schools to:

Discounts available for large cohorts. Contact your local consultant for details

Read about how using PUMA KS3 helps to build foundations towards GCSE.

Curriculum maps are included

PUMA KS3 works alongside any KS3 maths scheme. Curriculum maps are provided to summarise which topics are covered in each test. This enables schools to check that they have taught all content covered in each test.

Download the curriculum map 

PUMA KS3 is supported by free online gap analysis and reporting on MARK (My Assessment and Reporting Kit).

  • See how a student has performed compared to others of his/her age or year group nationally
  • Provide evidence of whether studenst have made good progress across the key stage
  • Instantly see gaps in knowledge to inform teaching

View sample reports

To access MARK, you need to process a "free" order. This enables us to keep your data safe. 

For help getting set up on MARK, visit our support hub

Coming this term: mapping to GCSE grades

Our GCSE predictions will be available in 2020 for Year 9, 2021 for Year 8, and 2022 for Year 7. These accurate and robust predictions will be based on statistical analysis of student performance.

In the meantime, we will provide interim mapping to GCSE grades – this mapping guide, created in conjunction with AlphaPlus Consultancy, will show what GCSE grades your students may go on to attain.*

Using the percentiles of these norm-referenced tests, we’ll make a reasonable assumption that, for example, the top 5% of students on PUMA KS3 will go on to achieve the top 5% of GCSE results. 

*The interim mapping guide is not based on student performance and has not been correlated with actual GCSE results: it should be used as a tool to aid teacher judgement and not as a concrete set of predictions. 

Please note that PUMA KS3 tests are not photocopiable.

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