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Year 8 Mathematics sample assessment - Pete's Paving

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This sample assessment is based on previous versions of the Australian Curriculum.

Pete's Paving


Some jobs regularly use the same basic, routine designs, e.g. calculations for the amount and cost of materials required for paving. As only the quantities change, and not the proportions of materials, it is possible to develop tools that quickly find the quantities needed for jobs of different sizes.

This assessment incorporates algebraic skills as well as skills involving cost scales. It provides either the context for developing the algebraic skills related to describing and using patterns, or assesses what students have learnt in a unit that developed these skills.

Written: Modelling and problem solving


  • Teacher guidelines (includes cover page)
  • Student booklet
  • Model response
  • Task-specific standards: Continua
  • Task-specific standards: Matrix
  • Question 4 Graphing response sheet

Download the full assessment (contains the documents as Word files):

Model student response

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