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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.

Go to PISA Released Assessment Items

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 2012 Assessment and Analytical Framework: Mathematics, Reading, Science, Problem Solving, and Financial Literacy

Key Features of the PISA 2012 Assessment Frameworks, by Domain*

  Mathematics literacyReading literacy Science literacyProblem SolvingFinancial literacy
Content Change and relationships
Space and shape
Quantity
Uncertainty and data
Text

Medium
Print
Digital

Environment
Authored
Message-based
Mixed

Text type
Description
Narration
Exposition
Argumentation
Instruction
Transaction

Text format
Continuous
Non-continuous
Mixed
Multiple
Knowledge of science:

Physical systems
Living systems
Earth and space systems
Technology systems

Knowledge about science:

Scientific inquiry
Scientific explanations
Nature of the problem situation:

Interactive
Static
Money and transactions
Planning and managing finances
Risk and reward
Financial landscape
Cognitive processes Formulating situations mathematically;
Employing mathematical concepts, facts, procedures, and reasoning;
Interpreting, applying, and evaluating mathematical outcomes
Aspects

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
Identifying scientific issues;
Explaining phenomena scientifically;
Using scientific evidence
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
Occupational
Societal
Scientific
Personal
Educational
Occupational
Public
Personal
Social
Global
Technology
Non-technology
Personal
Social
Education and work
Home and family
Individual
Societal
Item format Multiple choice
Open-constructed response
Closed-constructed response
Multiple choice
Complex multiple choice
Open-constructed response
Short-constructed response
Closed-constructed response
Simple multiple choice
Complex multiple choice
Closed-constructed response
Open-constructed response
Simple multiple choice
Complex multiple choice
Constructed response
Simple multiple choice
Complex multiple choice
Constructed response
Selected response

*These framework features are characteristic of the PISA 2012 Framework, thus some features may be different from those of previous PISA cycles.


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