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Assessment Questions

Approximately half of the items used in the TIMSS assessment are released to the public after each round of testing. These mathematics and science items can be used by educators in any number of ways:

  • To inform discussions about your schools' mathematics and science curriculum;
  • To explore the links between concepts you teach and ways to measure students' understanding;
  • To design your own assessment according to your needs; and
  • To reflect on the performance of your students in comparison to the performance of students in other countries, including the United States.

From TIMSS 2011

From TIMSS 2003

From TIMSS 1999

From TIMSS 1995

TIMSS Advanced Items (from the TIMSS International website)

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Explore Your Knowledge for Students

Explore Your Knowledge

In addition to these resources, your students can test their mathematics and science knowledge to see how their answers compare to 4th and 8th grade students from countries around the world. By clicking on the link above (Explore Your Knowledge), students are provided the opportunity to test their knowledge of mathematics and science topics at their own convenience. In addition to learning the answers to the mathematics and science questions, students can also learn other interesting tidbits about the topics covered by the items and the countries that have participated in the TIMSS assessments. Over time, new items will be added as they are publicly released by the international organization that administers TIMSS.


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