Your frequently asked questions,


Pearson Diagnostic has been designed for easy classroom implementation and use by teacher and students and, we’re here to help with any questions you have about the resource


We’ve compiled frequently asked questions on this page and you can also speak to your local Primary or Secondary Education consultant for direct support.

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You may need to add Pearson Diagnostic as a Whitelisted URL. Check the Systems requirements and whitelisting details in the knowledge base for more information: 

Paid access enables use of all premium functions of Diagnostic. It allows you to diagnose, address and check students’ understanding with access to 65 pairs of pre- and post- quizzes and their supporting Targeted Activities which services students from years 5-10.

Free access enables use of starter functions of Diagnostic. It gives you the ability to diagnose and address using 7 of the 65 premium pre-quizzes to assess your students and the associated Targeted Activities to address their specific learning needs.

Pearson Diagnostic is an affordable resource designed for schools and educational institutions to use. To see how much it will cost for your school or institution, complete the expression of interest form.

A Pearson Education Consultant will then reach out to discuss your needs and provide a quote

Pearson Diagnostic is designed for use within a school or educational institution. Please contact Customer Care if you have any further queries.    

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Smart tests was run and maintained by a company working for the University of Melbourne (who researched and developed the quizzes). They sold rights to the intellectual property to Pearson in 2019. Pearson has added over 500 additional ready to use upskilling activities to support teachers and students. 

All premium account holders can share pre and post quizzes. Once you have shared a pre-quiz, navigate to the results page and click ‘stage 3’ to share a post quiz with all students who have completed the pre-quiz. 

The concepts assessed by the Pearson Diagnostic quizzes are curriculum agnostic. 

The results of the Pearson Diagnostic quizzes are not reported in terms of any specific curriculum. They will cover most of the Australian curriculum topics. 

The levels of understanding and learning are not linked across topics and they are not reported in terms of any state curriculum levels. For example, a typical good student might reasonably be at level 1 in one quiz, level 2 in another and level 3 in another. It depends on when the topic is taught and to what depth. Each level is described in words and gives advice on how to move students from one level to the next. The Targeted Activities also support this. 

The research used to develop the quizzes determined the minimum number of questions needed to validate a student's understanding so that students don't need to spend unnecessary time responding to questions. 

The quizzes are designed to establish 'readiness' for an upcoming unit of work or topic. They assess the foundational understanding that may be needed before commencing a topic. Addressing these diagnoses leads to improved understanding and upskilling of students.

Some of the quizzes can be used as a Topic and Year level assessment, but this is not their purpose.  

There are 7 quizzes available in the free subscription and 65 quizzes available in the paid subscription. Speak to your local Pearson Education Consultant about a Premium subscription and to understand how the quizzes can be mapped to Australian Mathematics Textbook Chapters we have created, indicating which quizzes are best used when. 

There are currently no quizzes specifically designed for subject areas other than mathematics. Many of the current Diagnostic mathematics quizzes can be used for Numeracy understanding that is applicable across subjects such as Commerce, Economics, General Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Technology, Business Management.  

If you are looking for specific diagnostic assessment for other key learning areas or subjects, please contact customer care to let us know what you are interested in. 

If a student that usually performs well has attempted most of the questions and has a low level, the diagnosis is worth reviewing. Even very capable students sometimes have gaps in their understanding. Sometimes good procedural skills can disguise a lack of fundamental understanding. Ask the student to explain his or her thinking on some of the easier questions to you to check the report. Working through the Targeted Activities can be useful for this.

Pearson Diagnostic does not report the number of items correct, because the diagnosis depends on the patterns in the answers, not just whether they are right or wrong. Students only have misconceptions which cause SOME items to be correct. Misconceptions also cause some answers to be correct - otherwise students would think differently! So, the number of items correct sometimes depends on how well the item matches the misconception that the student has. Pearson Diagnostic does allow you to see your student responses to each quiz through the results page. 

No, the questions aren't adaptive but in most cases the response options usually tell you about different types of student thinking.