Let’s check out the assessment attempted by 540,000 students from 72 countries
Key features of PISA 2015
The PISA 2015 survey focused on science, with reading, mathematics and collaborative problem solving as minor areas of assessment. PISA 2015 also included an assessment of young people’s financial literacy, which was optional for countries and economies.
Approximately 540 000 students completed the assessment in 2015, representing about 29 million 15-year-olds in the schools of the 72 participating countries and economies.
Computer-based tests were used, with assessments lasting a total of two hours for each student.
Test items were a mixture of multiple-choice questions and questions requiring students to construct their own responses. The items were organized in groups based on a passage setting out a real-life situation. About 810 minutes of test items for science, reading, mathematics and collaborative problem solving were covered, with different students taking different combinations of test items.