Test identification

Name of test Access Mathematics Tests (1 and 2) - Second Edition
Version Second Edition (AMT2)
Previous version(s) AMT, AMT2
Subjects Maths
Summary Assessment to identify strengths and weaknesses in key maths skills. A wide-ranging, standardised and flexible assessment for pupil aged between 7 and 16.

Assessment screening

Subscales Scores for 7 different strands (number, operations, algebra, fractions including ratio, geometry, measures, statistics including probability). However, all administered in a single test (not subtests).
Additional References n/a
Authors Colin McCarty
Publisher RS Assessment from Hodder Education
Test source https://www.risingstars-uk.com/subjects/assessment/amt
Guidelines available? Yes
Norm-referenced scores. Yes
Age range 7 - 16+ years
Key Stage(s) applicable to KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5
UK standardisation sample Yes
Publication date 2018
Re-norming date n/a


Validity measures available? Yes
Reliability measures available? Yes
Reason for exclusion from shortlist shortlisted

Evaluation and Appraisal

Additional information about what the test measures Maths (number, operations, algebra, fractions including ratio, geometry, measures, statistics including probability)
Are additional versions available? Test 1 is for year 2 to year 6, Test 2 is for year 5 to year 9. Both Test 1 and Test 2 have two parallel forms (form A and form B) to allow retesting. There is an AMT interactive version (digital) as well as the paper version.
Can subtests be administered in isolation? no
Administration group size individual, small group, whole class
Administration duration 45 minutes.Test 1 can be shortened for pupils in year 5, 6 and 7 by omitting the first 15 or first 30 questions and assuming them correct.
Description of materials needed to administer test Test sheet and pencil or pen. Interactive version on computer or tablet(Calculators are not allowed).
Any special testing conditions? n/a

Response format

Response mode Electronic OR Paper and pencil
What device is required computer or tablet
Queston format. mixed
Progress through questions Flat

Assessor requirements

Is any prior knowledge/training/profession accreditation required for administration? Not stated (no)
Is administration scripted? No


Description of materials needed to score test User manual
Types and range of available scores raw scores,standard scores; by age (70-130) or cohort/year (60-150)), percentiles,mathematics age equivalents (Test 1: 6;8 to 12;0; Test 2 10;0 to 15:11),average scores for each year cohort,strand performance indicators
Score transformation for standard score Two alternative standardised scores: (1) by year cohort and (2) age standardised scores
Age bands used for norming 1 month for age standardised scores
Scoring procedures simple manual scores key - clerical skills required OR computer scoring with manual entry of responses from paper form using an online service
Automatised norming online

Construct Validity

Does it adequately measure literacy, mathematics or science?
Does it reflect the multidimensionality of the subject? Generic Maths
Construct validity comments (and reference for source) Generic measure of mathematics designed with strands aligned to the curriculum.The only statistical evidence of construct validity a significant correlation between test score and age reported in the administration manual (McCarty, 2018). Pearson's r orrelation of test 1 with age is 0.70. Pearson's r correlation for test 2 =0.26. This indicates the asssociation with agereduces with older participants, which is typical of measures of attainment.

Criterion Validity

Does test performance adequately correlate with later, current or past performance?
Summarise available comparisons n/a


Is test performance reliable?
Summarise available comparisons Excellent internal consistency is reported in the administration manual (McCarty, 2018). Cronbach's alpha - Test 1: 0.96 for form A and 0.97 for form B. Test 2: 0.92 for form A and 0.93 for form B. However, no information is given about the sample.No information is provided about temporal stability or equivalence reliability.

Is the norm-derived population appropriate and free from bias?

Is population appropriate and free from bias? No
If any biases are noted in sampling, these will be indicated here. Norming sample size is excellent, however no information is given about sample selection or representativeness.Norming was conducted in 2007, and although an equating study was conducted between 2014 and 2016 no changes were made to the standardisation and the results of the study are not provided.All testing was carried out in June and July, i.e. at the end of a school year. Therefore scores may not be an accurate reflection of scores at the start or middle of the school year. Participants completed both versions in an invariant order (A followed by B), which might have resulted in order effects.


Sources McCarty, C. (2018). Access Mathematics Tests: Tests 1 and 2, Forms A & B: Second Edition manual (Second ed.). London, UK: RS Assessment from Hodder Education.