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PISA Released Assessment Items

Following each survey cycle, PISA releases some assessment items that were used in the assessment, while the majority are kept confidential for reuse in future assessments to enable PISA to measure trends. The released items illustrate the knowledge and competencies that PISA measures.

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In addition to releasing assessment items, PISA makes available the assessment frameworks which provide the specifications used in developing the PISA assessments. The frameworks provide the definition of the PISA subjects or domains as well as key features represented in the items.

Go to PISA 2015 Assessment and Analytical Framework: Science, Reading, Mathematic and Financial Literacy

Key Features of the PISA 2015 Assessment Frameworks, by Domain*

  Science literacy Reading literacy Mathematics literacy Collaborative Problem Solving Financial literacy
Content Knowledge of science

Physical systems
Living systems
Earth and space systems
Technology systems

Knowledge about science
Procedural knowledge
Epistemic knowledge
Text

Medium
Print
Digital

Environment
Authored
Message-based

Text format
Continuous
Non-continuous
Mixed
Multiple

Text description
Description
Narration
Exposition
Argumentation
Instruction
Transaction
Knowledge of Mathematics

Change and relationships
Space and Shape
Quantity
Uncertainty and data
Collaborative problem solving skills

Establishing and maintaining shared understanding
Taking appropriate action to solve the problem
Establishing and maintaining team organization

Task Type

Jigsaw
Consensus building
Negotiation
Money and transactions

Planning and managing finances

Risk and reward

Financial landscape
Cognitive processes Explain phenomena scientifically

Evaluate and design scientific Enquiry

Interpret Data and Evidence Scientifically
Retrieving information

Forming a broad understanding

Developing an interpretation

Reflecting on and evaluating the content of a text 

Reflecting on and evaluating the form of a text
Formulating situations mathematically

Employing mathematical concepts, facts, procedures, and reasoning 

Interpreting, applying, and evaluating mathematical outcomes 
Exploring and understanding

Representing and formulating

Planning and executing

Monitoring and reflecting 
Identify financial information 

Analyze information in a financial context

Evaluate financial issues

Apply financial knowledge and understanding
Situations/Contexts Personal 
Local/national
Global
Personal 
Educational
Occupational
Public
Personal
Occupational
Societal
Scientific
Technology
Non-technology
Private
Public
School (formal)
Non-school (informal)
Education and work
Home and family
Individual
Societal
Item format Simple multiple choice
Complex multiple choice
Closed-constructed response
Open-constructed response
Multiple choice
Complex multiple choice
Open-constructed response
Short-constructed response
Closed-constructed response
Multiple choice
Open-constructed response
Closed-constructed response
Simple multiple choice
Complex multiple choice
Constructed response
Simple multiple choice
Complex multiple choice
Constructed response
Selected response

* These framework features are characteristics of the PISA 2015 Framework, thus some features may be different from those of previous PISA cycles.