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Mathematics Sample QuestionsTest yourself and see how students responded to the same questions on NAEP.

Three sample mathematics questions are presented in this section for each age. The response options for multiple-choice questions are provided as the students saw them, and the oval for the correct answer is filled in. All constructed-response questions in the long-term trend mathematics assessment were scored as correct or
incorrect, and the correct response is shown on the answer line.

 Age 9
 Age 13
Age 17

Sample question 3 required students to solve a multi-step problem involving the perimeter and area of a square. 

 59 percent of 17-year-olds answered this question correctly.

The perimeter of a square is 36 centimeters. What is the area of the square?


6 square cm


9 square cm


18 square cm


81 square cm


The correct answer is D.

See more about this question in the NAEP Questions Tool.

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