Sample Literacy items

Literacy – Sample Item 1

This first literacy sample focuses on the following aspects of the literacy construct:

Cognitive Process Access and identify
Context Personal
Medium Print

For PIAAC, item difficulty is reported along a five-level scale1 with Level 1 being the easiest items and Level 5 being the hardest.  This sample is a Level 3 item.  Respondents are asked answer the question shown in the left pane by highlighting information in the list of rules for a preschool. 

Literacy – Sample Item 2

Sample 2 focuses on these aspects of the literacy construct:

Cognitive Process Access and identify
Context Personal
Medium Print

This item is a Level 2 item on a five-level scale1 with Level 1 being the easiest items and Level 5 being the hardest.  In this sample item, respondents are asked to click on the chart with information about exercise equipment to mark their response.   Each of the cells and all of the images are “clickable” and multiple responses can be selected. 

Literacy – Sample Item 2, continued

Most of the literacy items have more than one question associated with each stimulus.  A second item in the Exercise Equipment set, shown below in Figure 3, focuses on the following aspects of the literacy construct:

Cognitive Process Integrate and interpret
Context Personal
Medium Print

This item is a Level 2 item on a five-level scale1 with Level 1 being the easiest items and Level 5 being the hardest.

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1 These sample items were not placed on the current proficiency level scale. The "five-level scale" is based on difficulty level which was calculated before proficiency levels were finalized.