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Reading, Writing, and Mathematics in Grade 8

The Nova Scotia Assessment: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics in Grade 8 is administered over 4-days between late May–early June. Please see the 2017-2018 Program of Learning Assessment for Nova Scotia (PLANS) schedule for administration dates.

This assessment includes the following:

  • reading and writing tasks that reflect grade 8 curriculum outcome expectations
  • reading passages in the narrative, information, poetry/song, and visual text genres
  • reading comprehension questions in selected response format
  • reading comprehension questions that are designed to provide a broad range of challenge, thereby providing more information about individual student performance
  • one essay writing task and one story writing task
  • mathematics questions that reflect the end of grade 8 curriculum outcome expectations
  • selected response (multiple choice) questions in all mathematics domains
  • tasks designed to assess students’ ability to solve problems
  • tasks requiring different levels of cognitive demands to solve, thereby providing more information about student performance

French immersion students write the mathematics portion of this assessment in French.