Key Stage 3 Science transition tests

The science transition tests will help you to assess whether your students are ready for either the Key Stage 3 curriculum or GCSE.

They assess the working scientifically strands of the Key Stage 3 National curriculum, specifically:

  • scientific attitudes
  • experimental skills and investigations
  • analysis and evaluation.

Students who achieve the pass mark are considered 'Ready to progress'.

Accessing the tests

You can access the tests and mark schemes from the Secure Key Materials section on e-AQA, by navigating to the relevant specification from the GCSE tab. Speak to your exams officer about access to SKM, or visit our e-AQA help page.

Running the test

Year 7

Assess whether your students are ready for the Key Stage 3 curriculum.

  • Year 7 mark sheet – available in Secure Key Materials on e-AQA

Year 9 – first term

Give this test in the first term of Year 9 to assess whether your students are ready for GCSE science.

  • Year 9 (first term) mark sheet – available in Secure Key Materials on e-AQA

Year 9 – final term

Give this test in the final term of Year 9 to assess whether your students have responded to your interventions and made progress.