Teachers and parents will be interested in an analysis of the May 2008 NAPLAN questions.

We begin today with a look at the questions in the Year 9 Numeracy Calculator Allowed Test.

Question Analysis NAPLAN Numeracy Year 9 Calculator Allowed

Q1 Decimals – addition and subtraction

Q2 Algebra – simple substitution

Q3 Graphs – comparing points

Q4 Average (mean) - calculation

Q5 Fractions - midpoint

Q6 Nets – triangular prism

Q7 Line of symmetry

Q8 Algebra – substitution - fraction

Q9 Fraction to percentage

Q10 Points on a grid

Q11 Enlargement of an area

Q12 Algebraic rule from a table of values

Q13 Angles in a triangle – angles in a straight line

Q14 Percentage increase

Q15 Diameter – circumference

Q16 Square, equilateral triangle, regular pentagon - angles

Q17 Subtraction of overlapping areas

Q18 Substitution in an algebraic equation to find y given x

Q19 Interval between two times on the same day

Q20 Identify a right-angled isosceles triangle

Q21 Identifying the correct algebraic rule

Q22 Multiplication and subtraction of money amounts. Average

Q23 Large numbers in a pattern using a rule

Q24 Substitution in algebraic expression with a squared term

Q25 Ratio of sides in similar triangles

Q26 Directions – turning angles. Clockwise/Anticlockwise

Q27 Algebraic expression for an area

Q28 Calculation with ratio

Q29 Decimals – addition, subtraction, division – 2 places

Q30 Surface area of triangular prism

Q31 Substitution in an algebraic equation to find x given y

Q32 Mean, median, mode

Detailed answers to these questions are available here.

## Monday, November 24, 2008

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