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PISA Released Paper-Based Assessment (PBA) Items and Scoring Guides

The Reading Literacy Items document contains 59 released reading items grouped into 14 units from PISA 2000 and 2009. The Mathematics Literacy Items document contains 43 mathematics items grouped into 27 units from PISA 2000 and 2003, and 24 mathematics items grouped into 11 units from PISA 2009 and 2012. The Science Literacy Items document contains 31 released science items grouped into 10 units from PISA 2000 and 2006. The Problem-Solving Items document contains 19 problem-solving items grouped into 10 units from PISA 2003. The Financial Literacy Items document contains 10 sample items grouped into 9 units which are illustrative of the PISA 2012 assessment.

The documents below include the released items without any scoring information, making them ready for classroom use.

  • PDF File MS Word Reading Literacy Items (2000 and 2009)
  • PDF File MS Word Mathematics Literacy Items (2000 and 2003)
  • PDF File MS Word Mathematics Literacy Items (2006 and 2012)
  • PDF File MS Word Science Literacy Items (2000 and 2006)
  • PDF File MS Word Problem-Solving Items (2003)
  • PDF File MS Word Financial Literacy Items (2012)

Below are the released items along with answer keys and scoring guides (the scoring guides have been adapted from the original, for ease of use), as well as performance data. The data include the percentage of students in the United States and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries, on average, who answered each question correctly. The OECD average is based on the average of OECD countries that participated in each PISA cycle.

  • PDF File MS Word Reading Literacy Items and Scoring Guides (2000 and 2009)
  • PDF File MS Word Mathematics Literacy Items and Scoring Guides (2000 and 2003)
  • PDF File MS Word Mathematics Literacy Items and Scoring Guides (2006 and 2012)
  • PDF File MS Word Science Literacy Items and Scoring Guides (2000 and 2006)
  • PDF File MS Word Problem-Solving Items and Scoring Guides (2003)
  • PDF File MS Word Financial Literacy Items and Scoring Guides (2012)

Note: For help viewing, downloading, and printing PDF files, visit the Help Section. For more information on released items from the PISA assessments, view this OECD publication: Take the Test: Sample Questions From OECD's PISA Assessments or visit OECD's PISA site.

In addition to the released assessment units, sample items that provide examples of the computer-based assessment (CBA) in reading literacy, mathematics literacy, and problem solving can be found here:

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