Diagnostic testing

The IOP has developed an easy-to-use diagnostic testing tool to provide precise subject knowledge assessment, based on an innovative platform funded by the Gatsby Foundation.

There are over 650 questions available on the platform to test participants’ understanding of a variety of physics principles. It is useful for:

  • Teacher Subject Specialism Training (TSST) providers to assess their course participants’ subject knowledge;
  • Initial Teacher Education (ITE) providers to assess their applicants’ subject knowledge;
  • Prospective teachers to assess and improve their subject knowledge.

Pre-prepared subject knowledge diagnostic tests
We have pre-prepared 11 subject knowledge diagnostic tests for Key Stage 3 and 4. Each pre-prepared test comprises 10 questions. Select a topic from the list below to open the test:

Key Stage 3
Energy (currently under revision)
Motion and Forces
Electricity and Electromagnetism
Space Physics

Key Stage 4
Energy (currently under revision)
Forces and Motion
Wave motion
Magnetism and Electromagnetism
Atomic Structure

For more information about the tests, download the guidance below: 

Information for ITE and TSST course providers
ITE and TSST course providers are able to create custom tests for their participants by selecting from over 650 questions. If you would like to be given access to create your own tests, please email tsst@iop.org.

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