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Sample Questions in Economics


Test Yourself...then see how the students responded to the same questions on NAEP. The constructed-response question on this page measured analysis and interpretation skills for the content area Market Economy. Student responses were scored according to a 3-point scale as "Correct," "Partially Correct," or "Incorrect." The sample response below is an example of a "Correct" response.

Overall, 72 percent of 12th-graders were scored as having a "Correct" response on this sample question. When only the students at the Proficient level are considered, 87 percent scored "Correct."

Grade 12 short constructed-response question. National percentage "complete" in 2006. 72% of all student responses were rated "complete." By achievement level, 39% of students below Basic were scored as "complete." 73% of students at Basic were scored as "complete." 87% of students at Proficient were scored as "complete." 98% of students at Advanced were scored as "complete." The sample constructed-response question is as follows: Luisa has decided to give up her full-time job to go back to school. Identify one potential economic risk and one potential economic benefit that Luisa might have considered in making her decision. The following is an example of a "complete" response. "A risk would be that Luisa will not get her yearly income making it hard to pay bills, feed herself, or drive. An economic benefit would be that with furthering her education, she may be promoted in position with the company she goes to work for, or find a new job that allows her to increase her salary."

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View this question, at score 131, on a map of NAEP economics items.

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