Provincial Graduation Numeracy Assessment (GNA)

About the GNA

The Graduation Numeracy Assessment (GNA) is based on mathematical concepts learned across multiple subjects from kindergarten to Grade 10, with an emphasis on K–9. It requires students to solve problems by using the five numeracy processes (different ways of thinking and working): interpret, apply, solve, analyze and communicate. The numeracy processes are described in the pre-assessment activities.

The assessment is delivered online and has three essential components:

1.    Common component: 24 computer-scored questions, completed online by all students

2.    Student-choice component: Two written-response questions completed on paper. These are deeper questions that require students to present their solutions in context, and provide detailed explanations to justify their thinking. These questions are based on the information and work the student will have completed earlier in the common component. Students pick 2 of 4 possible questions and take their analysis deeper

3.    Self-reflection component: These questions, completed online, ask the student to reflect on their experience with the assessment. These questions do not form part of the student’s overall score. They are analyzed by the Ministry of Education to inform future assessments

There are also pre-assessment activities for students to explore ahead of time to help them prepare. 

Pre-assessment Activities

The following resources have been developed to help students prepare for the Graduation Numeracy Assessment.

Questions in the Graduation Numeracy Assessment are based on situations – or brief vignettes. The documents and videos below are based on a situation called Giving out Bonuses, in which the student has to imagine they are a store manager who must decide how to distribute bonuses to employees. 

Work books


Sample Situation and Questions – Giving out Bonuses (PDF)

Numeracy Processes Collaborative Learning Guide (PDF)

This guide provides suggestions on how students can work through problems and develop their numeracy using the five numeracy processes: interpret, apply, solve, analyze and communicate. It is based on the Giving out Bonuses sample questions above. Students can work by themselves or collaborate with peers.

Video Series

These videos are based on the Giving out Bonuses situation. They explain how to use the five numeracy processes (ways of thinking and working) to solve questions in the Graduation Numeracy Assessment.


















Sample GNA

The online sample assessment gives students and teachers a chance to try a version of the assessment and familiarize themselves with the new format and types of questions.

Additional Resources