PISA: Mathematics ability of 15 year olds in the UK 2012 & 2015, by country

This statistic shows the mathematics performance of 15 year olds in the United Kingdom (UK) as measured by PISA in 2012 and 2015, by country. The UK was at the same level as the OECD average in both years. While Scotland scored the most points in 2012, English students scored slightly more points than Scottish students in 2015. Furthermore, Northern Ireland and Wales were able to noticeably improve their scores in 2015.

PISA: Mathematics performance among 15 year old participants in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2012 and 2015, by country

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Release date

December 2016


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2012, 2015

Number of respondents


Age group

15 years 3 months to 16 years 2 months

Supplementary notes

*Around 540 000 students completed the assessment in 2015, representing about 29 million 15-year-olds in the schools of the 72 participating countries and economies.
PISA = Programme for International Student Assessment

The PISA 2015 survey focused on science, with reading, mathematics and collaborative problem-solving as minor areas of assessment. For the first time, PISA 2015 delivered the assessment of all subjects via computer. Paper-based assessments were provided for countries that chose not to test their students by computer, but the paper-based assessment was limited to questions that could measure trends in science, reading and mathematics performance.

The PISA 2012 survey focused on mathematics, with reading, science and problem-solving minor areas of assessment. For the first time, PISA 2012 also included an assessment of the financial literacy of young people.

For more information see also: https://www.oecd.org/pisa/PISA-2015-United-Kingdom.pdf

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