Test your PISA knowledge!

By Marilyn Achiron

Editor, OECD Directorate for Education and Skills

Did you know that the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment, or PISA, can tell us not only how students do in school, but how they feel about school? This month’s issue of PISA in Focus, for example, examines students’ sense of belonging at school, and whether that feeling of being a part of a larger community has, on average, intensified or waned over the past decade.

This issue offers just one small piece of information we can glean from PISA results; but it also marks a milestone: it is the 100th issue of PISA in Focus. The reader-friendly briefs that highlight important findings from the world’s most comprehensive student assessment first appeared in February 2011. To celebrate the 100th issue of PISA in Focus (or PiF, as it’s affectionately known here at the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills), we’d like to share with you 100 things we’ve learned from PISA over the past eight years.

But first, why not take our short quiz to see how much you’ve already learned? (And don’t forget: we’ll be learning a lot more on 3 December, when results from PISA 2018 are released…)


In 2015, the majority of students in all countries that participated in PISA reported that they feel they belong to the school community. In the vast majority of countries, this sense of belonging at school had done what since 2003?


What proportion of students in OECD countries had already repeated a grade before the age of 15?


When 15-year-old boys and girls perform at the same level in mathematics…


In 2012, 15-year-old students in OECD countries reported that they spend an average of 21 hours per week on the Internet. Three years later, the average number of hours spent per week on the Internet had...


Immigrant students who share a common country of origin, and thus many cultural similarities…


School principals across OECD countries cite two problems that hinder student learning the most. Which two? 


What proportion of 15-year-old students in OECD countries scores below the baseline level of proficiency in at least one of the core subjects PISA assesses (reading, mathematics and science)?


What percentage of students worries about taking tests?

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