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​​Sample TEL Task

The Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL) assessment contains problem-solving tasks based on interactive scenarios that reflect realistic situations. These tasks measure students’ capacity to use, understand, and evaluate technology, as well as their ability to understand technological principles and strategies.

Below is a sample TEL task that was released to the public after the TEL pilot was conducted in 2013. In this task, students are asked to play the role of an engineer who is brought in to a remote village to find out why the local water well has stopped working.

You will need to install the Unity Web Player if it is not already on your computer. It is available for:

  • Windows XP/Vista/7 (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Opera)
  • Mac OS X 10.5 or newer (Safari, Firefox, or Chrome)

Launch the sample TEL task

Last updated 10 February 2014 (FW)
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