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PISA Sample Questions

PISA Sample Questions

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Sample Questions from OECD’s PISA Assessments. A wonderful collection of assessment questions from the Program for International Student Assessment that may be put to good use for instructional purposes.

Published in 2009
Sample Questions from OECD’s PISA Assessments. A wonderful collection of assessment questions from the Program for International Student Assessment that may be put to good use for instructional purposes.

Published in 2009

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Question 21.1

Peter is working on repairs to an old house. He has left a bottle of water, some metal nails, and a piece of
timber inside the boot of his car. After the car has been out in the sun for three hours, the temperature
inside the car reaches about 40 ºC.

What happens to the objects in the car? Circle “Yes” or “No” for each statement.

Does this happen to the object(s)?

Yes or No?

They all have the same temperature.

Yes / No

After some time the water begins to boil.

Yes / No

After some time the metal nails begin to glow red.

Yes / No

Question 21.2

For drinks during the day, Peter has a cup of hot coffee, at a temperature of about
90 ºC, and a cup of cold mineral water, with a temperature of about 5 ºC. The cups are of identical type
and size and the volume of each drink is the same. Peter leaves the cups sitting in a room where the

What are the temperatures of the coffee and the mineral water likely to be after 10 minutes?

70 ºC and 10 ºC

A.

90 ºC and 5 ºC

B.

70 ºC and 25 ºC

C.

20 ºC and 20 ºC

D.

Question 21.3 (attitude)

How much do you agree with the following statements?

Tick only one box in each row.

Strongly
Agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly
Disagree

Understanding how the shape of the cup

influences the rate at which coffee cools

Agree
Agree
Agree
Agree

1

Agree
Agree
Agree
Agree

2

Disagree
Disagree
Disagree
Disagree

3

Disagree
Disagree
Disagree
Disagree

4

Learning about the different arrangements of

atoms in wood, water and steel

1

2

3

4

Knowing why different solids conduct heat at

different rates

1

2

3

4