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In addition to the following questions about TIMSS, more FAQs about international assessments are available at: http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/international/faqs.asp.

What areas of mathematics and science are assessed in TIMSS?

At grade 4, TIMSS focuses on three domains of mathematics:

  • numbers (manipulating whole numbers and place values; performing addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; and using fractions and decimals),
  • geometric shapes and measures, and
  • data display.

At grade 8, TIMSS focuses on four domains of mathematics:

  • numbers,
  • algebra,
  • geometry, and
  • data and chance.

At grade 12, TIMSS focuses on three domains of advanced mathematics:

  • algebra,
  • calculus, and
  • geometry.

At grade 4, TIMSS focuses on three domains of science:

  • life science,
  • physical science, and
  • Earth science.

At grade 8, TIMSS focuses on four domains of science:

  • biology,
  • chemistry,
  • physics, and
  • Earth science.

At grade 12, TIMSS focuses on three domains of advanced physics:

  • mechanics and thermodynamics,
  • electricity and magnetism and,
  • wave phenomena and atomic/nuclear physics.

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