About the test

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The PISA-Based Test for Schools is a school assessment designed to assess how well 15-year-old students can apply their knowledge of mathematics, reading and science to real life situations and unfamiliar contexts.

In addition to the assessment, a contextual questionnaire provides you with key insights into your students’ socio-economic backgrounds, their attitudes to their learning environment and their interests in reading, mathematics and science.

What will the test involve?

The PISA-Based Test for Schools is a 3 hour and 15 minute paper and pencil test that includes a 35 minute student questionnaire. The whole administration should take no longer than three and a half hours.

Approximately 84 fifteen-year-old students will be randomly sampled by NFER to sit the assessment in your school. The test is designed for students who are between 15 years and two months and 16 years and two months at the time the assessment is administered. Schools will need to provide a full list of all students in this age range to NFER, via our secure portal. This is an easy process and full instructions will be provided.

All tests and questionnaires will be administered in schools by NFER appointed administrators who are familiar with the classroom environment. They will be responsible for test distribution and collation of materials in schools. All marking will be carried out by NFER.

It has helped to add another dimension to department self-evaluation. Blessed Edward Jones Catholic School, Denbighshire

The PISA-Based Test for Schools and other international studies

You can still use PISA-Based Test for Schools if your school has been selected for an international comparison study such as OECD PISA or IEA TIMSS. However you will still be expected to participate in the international study for which your school has been selected. Find out more

Data protection

The NFER adheres strictly to the Data Protection Act and all responses and data provided during the study will be treated confidentially within the research team. The NFER will not disclose names of individuals or schools involved in the survey to any other organisation either in any reports arising from the use of this data or in any other way. A copy of each school’s report and an anonymised set of data will be provided to the OECD. OECD may use the anonymised data for further analysis. They will not disclose any of the individual school reports to any third parties, without written permission from the school.