Both the TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) and PISA (The Program for International Student Assessment) are worldwide evaluations
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About the TIMSS Test

TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) is designed to help countries all over the world improve student learning in mathematics and science. It collects educational achievement data at the 4th and 8th grades to provide information about trends in performance over time together with extensive background information to address concerns about the quantity, quality, and content of instruction.

Data collection for TIMSS 2003 was completed in 2004; data for the TIMMS 2007.

Prepare for the next TIMMS Test to be administered in the US in Spring 2011.


"TIMSS 2011 is the fifth in IEA’s series of international assessments of student achievement dedicated to improving teaching and learning in mathematics and science... 60 Countries are planning to participate"

We urge you to visit the TIMSS homepage for complete details.

If you are interested in enrolling in TIMMS contact:

IEA’s Secretariat.

Taking a Sample TIMSS Test

Each of the sample tests Edinformatics designed, use actual questions from the TIMSS (Third International Math and Science Survey). Tests consist of 25 questions from each of the representative groups.


 Test Assessment:

After you submit your final answers your test will be graded within seconds. Your total score will be returned showing the following paths (links)you may take to assist you:

  • A table with your answer to each question and the correct answer
  • A bar graph that shows how all students that have taken the test performed on each question.
  • A table that shows student performance for each question during the original TIMSS international test and the average international score.
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About the PISA Test

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an internationally standardized assessment that was jointly developed by participating economies and administered to15-year-olds in schools.

PISA aims at testing literacy in three competence fields: reading, mathematics, science.

Difference between TIMSS and PISA Math Tests

The PISA mathematics literacy test asks students to apply their mathematical knowledge to solve problems set in various real-world contexts. To solve the problems students must make use a number of mathematical competencies as well as a broad range of mathematical content knowledge.

TIMSS, on the other hand, continues to measure more traditional classroom content such as an understanding of fractions and decimals and the relationship between them.

For a comparison of Country performance see:

What Students Know and Can Do: Student Performance in Reading, Mathematics and Science see: 2009 PISA Database.

Note: PISA scores are on a scale, with 500 as the average.

Readings Comparing PISA and TIMSS

A Critical Comparison of the Contents of PISA and TIMSS Mathematics Assessments -- Margaret Wu University of Melbourne

Comparisons Between PISA and TIMSS –Are We the Man with Two Watches? Dougal Hutchison Ian Schagen National Foundation for Educational Research

Comparing NAEP, TIMSS, and PISA in Mathematics and Science (NCES)


Sample PISA Questions

Mathematics Concepts and Mathematics Items PDF File (643 KB)

Science Concepts and Science Items PDF File (479 KB)

Mathematics Items PDF File (562 KB)

Science Items PDF File (530 KB)



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