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In addition to the following questions about TIMSS, more FAQs about international assessments are available at:

How does TIMSS differ from other international assessments and NAEP?

The FAQs on how TIMSS compares to PISA and NAEP specifically provide a brief explanation of the differences between the assessments. To learn more about how the TIMSS assessment differs from PISA and NAEP, see the following papers:

Comparing TIMSS with NAEP and PISA in Mathematics and Science (2007) PDF (281 KB)
Comparison of TIMSS 2011 Items and the NAEP 2011 Framework (2011) PDF (756 KB)