The MoE has given NZCER permission to reproduce some assessment
tasks released from the PISA Maths literacy study.
literacy and its assessment
literacy is defined in PISA as:
capacity to identify, to understand, and to engage in
mathematics and make well-founded judgements about the
role that mathematics plays, as needed for an
individual's current and future private life,
occupations life, social life with peers and relatives,
and life as a constructive, concerned, and reflective
literacy there were a number of units, each presenting a
situation or problem on which students were set several
questions or tasks. Different combinations of diagrams
and written information introduced each unit. About
two-thirds of the tasks were in a form that could be
marked unambiguously as correct or incorrect. Students
demonstrated their proficiency by answering problems
correctly and showing whether they understood the
underlying mathematical principles involved in the task.
For more complex tasks students could gain full or
PISA tasks can be
accessed using the keyword "pisa" or by
clicking on the resource number below.
identify the number sequences, find the
intersection, and compare future growth rates of
two algebraic expressions.
interpret a line graph to answer four multiple-choice
questions about a car along a racing track.
identify which of five triangles fits a given
use a model of a pyramid to calculate the area of
the base and the length of one line segment
joining mid-points of sides.
use a scale map to estimate the area of Antarctica
and explain their method.
test items from PISA
demonstrate the kinds of test items that are used in the PISA assessment.
PISA maths items are presented as three
separate 'sub-tests'. The items were originally designed for use in a pencil
and paper test, and have been adapted slightly for presentation in this
computer-based format. Select the sub-test you want to look at.