Second Year

Ireland is one of 39 countries that participated in TIMSS at Second Year (Eighth grade) in 2019.

The study was conducted in a nationally representative sample of 149 post-primary schools between March and May 2019. Within each school, up to two Second Year class groups were randomly selected (by the ERC) to participate in the assessments.  Student were asked to complete a test booklet containing both maths and science questions, and a Student Questionnaire which asked questions about the student’s background, their use of digital devices, what they think about school, and, in particular, what they think about maths and science.

Information was also gathered from school principals and the maths and science teachers of students taking part in order to build up a better picture of the Irish education system.

More Information

Information for students who have been selected to participate in TIMSS can be found here.

To see the initial results of the 2019 assessment, click here.

For some examples of the type of maths and science questions that were used in the TIMSS 2015 Eight grade (Second Year) assessment please click here.

More information on TIMSS Eight grade (Second Year) can be found at