## Study Guide: Grade 9 Math Achievement Test (PAT)

1. All students who are in grade 9 and live in Alberta are required to take the Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs).
2. The Provincial Achievement tests in math take place twice a year. They usually happen in late January and late June. (A complete PATs test schedule 2015~2017)
3. Almost 1 out of every 4 grade 9 students failed the PAT in math!
4. The test is designed to be finished in 90 minutes. Yet, you can have an additional 30 minutes if necessary!
5. You must have and use an Alberta Student Number (ASN) when writing the tests. If you forget your student number, make sure to ask your school office about it before the tests.
6. Don’t memorize all the formulas and equations! You will be provided with a formula sheet (p.9) during the test.
7. Calculators are encouraged to use during the test! However, use of graphing calculators is not allowed.
8. In a survey done by Alberta Education, 81% of teachers said that they use students’ PAT scores as a percentage of their final mark.
9. You will receive an Individual Student Profile (ISP) from school in late September of the next school year.  (See a sample ISP).
10. Results from PATs are reported based the province’s three levels: “standard of excellence”, “acceptable standard” and “below acceptable standard”.

### How will it look like?

 Types of Questions No. of Questions Worth Part A Multiple-choice 40 80% Part B Numerical-response 10 20%

*You will be given a total of 90 minutes to finish the test. But if you need more time, you can have an additional 30 minutes.

### What will it cover?

 Topics Percentage of Questions on Test A: Number 25 – 30% B: Patterns and Relations 35 – 45% C: Shape and Space 20 – 30% D: Statistics and Probability 5 – 10%

## Descriptions of topics

### A: Number

##### A6 – Estimate the square roots of rational numbers
• Determine the square roots of non-perfect squares

### D: Statistics and Probability

##### D1 – Data collection

Want to watch more? Check out the entire collection of Grade 9 Math for Canada on YouTube.