International Tests



Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test. It is a worldwide study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in member and non-member nations of 15-year-old school pupils’ scholastic performance on mathematics, science, and reading. It was first performed in 2000 and then repeated every three years. It is done with view to improving education policies and outcomes. The data has increasingly been used both to assess the impact of education quality on incomes and growth and for understanding what causes differences in achievement across nations. More than 510,000 students took part in the latest PISA survey (2012 year), representing about 28 million 15-year-olds globally.

(TIMSS) is an international assessment of the mathematics and science knowledge of 4th, 8th, and 12th grades students around the world. TIMSS was developed by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) to allow participating nations to compare students’ educational achievement across borders.

TIMSS and PISA are quite different. TIMSS is curriculum-based, reflecting the skills and knowledge taught in schools. PISA assesses whether students can apply what they’ve learned to solve “real world” problems. However, the correlation between PISA 2003 and TIMSS 2003 grade 8 country means is 0.84 in mathematics, 0.95 in science. The values go down to 0.66 and 0.79 if the two worst performing developing countries are excluded. Ccorrelations between different scales and studies are around 0.80.  Western countries perform slightly better in PISA; Eastern European and Asian countries in TIMSS.

 The international Benchmark tests (IBT) is an internationally administered program of assessments in English, mathematics and science which benchmarks student performance against a broad, international cohort of students and to the internationally administered assessment program trends in international Mathematics and science study (TIMSS), in which more than 50 countries participate.  The IBT are developed by the Australian Council for educational research. It provides high quality feedback for teachers and students and allows them to compare their performance reliably with students from their own school and country and from other countries around the world. Mathematics and science tests and provides individual, school and international analyses and are available for students in grades 5 to 10.