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Sample Assessment Questions

The items below are examples of questions 15-year-olds were asked to answer for PISA. When you click an item in one of the four subject categories, you will see the item image and links to the item questions. Click on these links and a new window will open with a question, its answer, and the percent of students in the United States and other OECD countries who answered correctly.

Reading Literacy Sample Items
Runners
Flu
Labor
Mathematics Literacy Sample Items
Continents
Triangles
Walking
Carpenter
Internet Relay Chat
Science Literacy Sample Items
Ozone
Problem Solving Sample Items
Energy
Movie
Transit

Carpenter

Question 1 and Answer
Garden design: Using this design, can the garden bed be made with 32 meters of timber?  Circle yes or no.

 A carpenter has 32 meters of timber and wants to make a border around a garden bed. He is considering the above designs for the garden bed.

PISA's definition of literacy

For more sample questions from the PISA assessments view this OECD publication:
Take the Test: Sample Questions from OECD's PISA Assessments


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