International Comparisons

​The International Benchmark Tests allows students and schools to compare their performance in English, Mathematics and Science with students in other countries around the world.

The international comparison provided in IBT reports is a comparison to the performance of all students who took the same test in countries who administer the test in paper format.   Each year ACER’s psychometrics team create a benchmark IBT international sample which helps students and schools understand how their individual performance compares to other schools participating in the IBT Program.

The current IBT international reference sample is based on testing in almost 600 schools in 11 countries.  These schools are usually national schools with an international focus, teaching at least 50 per cent of the curriculum in English.  They may be teaching the national curriculum or the curriculum of another country (for example a school in Dubai teaching a UK or US curriculum).