About the Assessment
The Grade 10 Numeracy Assessment is a provincial assessment that assesses student proficiency in numeracy. It is a graduation requirement and students take the assessment in their Grade 10 year.
The Grade 10 Numeracy Assessment focuses on the application of mathematical concepts learned across multiple subjects from kindergarten to Grade 10. It requires students to solve problems by using 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 and in the specifications.
What Grade 10 Numeracy Looks Like
The Grade 10 Numeracy Assessment is delivered online in three sections:
- Common section
- Students answer 24 questions centred on four different tasks (situations) completed online
- Questions are scored by a computer.
- Student-choice section
- Students choose two of four available questions and complete two written-response questions on paper. These questions are based on tasks the student will have completed earlier in the common section. Students present detailed solutions to a problem using all the numeracy processes and support their thinking with explanations and assumptions.
- Questions are marked by B.C. educators using a rubric (PDF).
- Self-reflection section
- These questions ask students to reflect on their experience after they have completed the previous sections. The process of reflection is part of their learning.
- Questions are not scored.
The following pre-assessment activities have been developed to help students prepare for the Grade 10 Numeracy Assessment.
The documents and videos below are based on a situation called "Giving out Bonuses", in which the student is a store manager and must decide how to distribute a monetary bonus to employees.
Sample Situation and Questions - Giving out Bonuses (PDF)
- Answer key: Questions 1-4 Giving out Bonuses (PDF)
- Sample response: Question 5 Student Choice - 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 proficiency using the five numeracy processes: interpret, apply, solve, analyze and communicate. It is based on the "Giving out Bonuses" situation task above. Students complete this activity on their own or with peers.
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 Grade 10 Numeracy Assessment
- Sample A - print questions (PDF)
- Sample A - print answer key (PDF)
- Sample B - print questions (PDF)
- Sample B - print answer key
- Reference Pages - print (PDF)
Information For Administrators
- Grade 10 Numeracy Assessment Administration Guide (PDF)
- Assessment Schedule. Registration Information, Adjudication
- Calculator Policy (PDF) (Sept 2017)
- Marking Rubric (PDF) (May 2019)
- Comments from Markers
- Grade 10 Numeracy Assessment - Specifications (PDF) (July 2019)
- Advisory Group on Provincial Assessment Final Report (PDF) (Sept 2015)