Numeracy Assessment

How Will it Work?

The assessment itself is delivered online and has three essential components:

  • Common component: 24 questions answered online by all students
  • Student-choice component: 2 long-answer questions answered on paper. These questions stem out of the information and work the student will have completed in the common component. Students get to pick 2 of 4 possible questions, based on their interest, and take their analysis deeper.
  • Self-reflection component: answered online (not marked)

There are also pre-assessment activities available for students to explore ahead of time and activate their thinking, such as the sample assessment and the collaborative-learning videos explaining the five numeracy processes students will use in the Numeracy Assessment.

There will be a managed implementation of the Numeracy Assessment starting with a subset of students writing in January 2018. Students in the 2018 Graduation Program who do not write in January will have the opportunity to write in June or August 2018 or a subsequent school year. If you are unsure if your school or student is part of the January cohort, please contact

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Pre-assessment Activities

Collaborative Learning Video Package

This video package has been developed for students to help them prepare for the Numeracy Assessment and activate their thinking for the five types of numeracy processes they will be prompted to use: Interpret, Apply, Solve, Analyze and Communicate. Students can use these materials to collaborate with peers or work on their own.

The materials are based on the “Giving Out Bonuses” situation; this is just one example of a typical situation students will encounter in the Numeracy Assessment. Situations are brief vignettes, on which the numeracy questions that follow are based. In Giving Out Bonuses, the student must imagine they are a store manager who has to decide how to distribute bonuses to their employees.

Situation and Questions

Use these documents follow along with the Video Series below:

Activating Thinking and Collaboration Guide

Complementing the Situation and Questions PDF, this guide offers considerations and extension questions, guiding students on how to approach and work through the numeracy processes, and prompting them to deepen their thinking beyond their solution.

Video Series

This Video Series is based on the Giving Out Bonuses situation. It illustrates the five numeracy processes to help students and teachers become more familiar with them.


Introduces the “Giving Out Bonuses” situation and sets up the problem to be resolved.


discusses the first numeracy process – Interpret – and guides students through a question based on the “Giving Out Bonuses” situation. Interpret questions ask students to read the situations and decide what information is relevant to solving the problem.


Introduces the second numeracy process – Apply – and guides students through a question based on the “Giving Out Bonuses” situation. Apply questions ask students to translate real world problems into mathematical language. Students may need to choose appropriate tools to solve problems, organize and connect information, and create relationships.


Introduces the third numeracy process – Solve – and guides students through a question based on the “Giving Out Bonuses” situation. Solve questions ask students to solve mathematical problems. Students may also need to check mathematical solutions.


Introduces the fourth numeracy process – Analyze – and guides students through a question based on the “Giving Out Bonuses” situation. Analyze questions ask students to make sense of mathematical solutions in context. Students may need to assess the practicality and limitations of solutions, identify possible improvements to an approach, or relate the solution to other contexts.

Student Choice

Guides students through an extensive-constructed-response question based on the “Giving Out Bonuses” situation where all numeracy processes are used. Answering a student-choice question involves interpreting, applying, solving, analyzing, and then communicating the solution. Students will need to include detailed explanations, justify their thinking, and present their mathematical solution in context. They should also remember to state any assumptions they use.

Sample Assessment

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