PIRLS/TIMSS: Sample items used in the 2011 tests

Some of the questions used in the real-life tests (i.e., as seen by the pupils) have been released into the public domain.

Click the links below to see these items and the percent correct scores on each item for Ireland and the international average.

Some items were straightforward multiple-choice, while others required pupils to write an answer. For the latter type of items, examples are included of correct written responses.

You can also see examples of the type of maths and science items that are used in the TIMSS Eighth grade (Second Year) assessment.