The OLNA is an online literacy and numeracy assessment. It is designed to enable students to successfully meet the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) requirement of demonstrating the minimum standard of literacy and numeracy.

Full list of requirements

Minimum standard of literacy and numeracy

To successfully meet the literacy and numeracy requirement from 2016, students must demonstrate the skills regarded as essential to meet the demands of everyday life and work in a knowledge-based economy. These skills are described in Level 3 of the Australian Core Skills Framework.

These skills must be demonstrated in:

  • Literacy (reading and writing)
  • Numeracy.


Students who have achieved Band 8 or higher in any of the three components of reading, writing and numeracy in their Year 9 NAPLAN are acknowledged as having demonstrated proficiency in using a range of ACSF Level 3 skills in that component and will not be required to sit the corresponding OLNA component.

The assessment

The reading and numeracy components each comprise 45 multiple‐choice questions. Students have 50 minutes to complete each of these components. The writing component is a typed response of up to 600 words. Students have 60 minutes to complete the writing component. The table below provides a quick guide to each component.

Number of questions 45 1
Question type Multiple-choice Typed response (up to 600 words)
Time 50 minutes 60 minutes
Disability Adjustments A variety of adjustments are available

Assessment dates

 2017 2018 (provisional)
Component Round One Round Two Round One Round Two
Writing 7–10 March 4–7 September 6–9 March 4–6 September
Numeracy and Reading 7–24 March Year 10 and 11:
28 August–
22 September

Year 12:
28 August–
15 September
6–23 March Year 10 and 11:
27 August–
21 September

Year 12:
27 August–
14 September

Post-Year 12 sits

If you have not demonstrated one or more of the reading, writing and/or numeracy standards, you can apply to sit the OLNA in any future rounds. The application form is accessible from the link below. Applications are closed for the March round. Applications for the September round will open in June.