NAPLAN

NAPLAN, an assessment of literacy and numeracy, is undertaken annually in May by all Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students throughout Australia.

NAPLAN Paper tests

NAPLAN was first administered in 2008 as a paper test program. Detailed information about the NAPLAN Paper assessment is available at the ACARA National Assessment Program website.

Examples of NAPLAN Paper tests can also be found on the ACARA website.

NAPLAN Online

Transition to a NAPLAN online assessment program has been underway since 2018.
A tailored test design is used where students answer an initial set of questions and are then directed to subsequent sets of questions, either more challenging or less challenging, based on the accuracy of their responses.
The use of a computer-based environment enables a wider range of question types and potentially encourages broader levels of engagement.

Western Australia’s transition to NAPLAN Online

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority, in collaboration with the Department of Education, Catholic Education Western Australia and the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia, is facilitating Western Australia’s transition from paper-based to online delivery.

In 2018, 273 schools that were nominated by their system or sector in Western Australia successfully transitioned to NAPLAN Online, while all other schools continued with paper-based NAPLAN.

In 2019, the majority of Western Australian schools participated in NAPLAN Online.

From 2021, all schools will be expected to participate in NAPLAN online.

Detailed information about the NAPLAN Online assessment, including a public demonstration site, is available on the ACARA National Assessment Program website.

Detailed technical information about NAPLAN Online is available at the Online National Assessment Platform website.

Contact Email: naplanonline@scsa.wa.edu.au

Telephone: (08) 9442 9442

NAPLAN is made up of two assessment areas.

The literacy assessment comprises three tests:

The reading tests are designed to assess a wide range of abilities.

For the online test, students read a range of text types on a computer or device and answer questions about the texts on screen in a variety of online item formats.

For the paper test, students are provided with a colour magazine containing a range of text types. They are required to read each text then complete multiple-choice and short-answer questions in their test booklets.

No part of the reading assessment should be read to the students. Teachers must not read either the reading texts or questions to the students nor should they reword or explain questions. If students seek assistance, teachers may encourage them to read aloud any question or part of the text.

For further information about the reading tests, go to:

Online test public demonstration site

Paper test example questions

All students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 are required to complete a writing task, using a prompt or stimulus topic. The genre of the task is not be disclosed prior to the test period. The writing test requires students to respond to either a persuasive or narrative writing prompt.

For the online test, the prompt is shown on screen and students type their responses.

For the paper test, students receive a three-page blank writing booklet and a colour stimulus page. All Year 3 students, and Years 5, 7 and 9 students in schools who have not yet transitioned to online testing, complete the writing task on paper.

Criterion-referenced marking rubrics are used to assess students’ writing. The same rubrics are applied to all responses, both handwritten and typed. This enables comparisons to be made across year groups and topics, and growth to be measured.

More information about the NAPLAN writing assessment, including the persuasive and narrative writing marking criteria and guides, and examples of prompts, are here:
The NAPLAN writing tasks

The Conventions of language test comprises spelling, grammar and punctuation.

For the online test, students spell words in an audio dictation task, identify and correct spelling errors, and answer grammar and punctuation questions in a range of online item formats.

For the paper test, students identify and correct spelling errors, and answer multiple-choice grammar and punctuation questions in their test booklets.

For further information about the spelling, and grammar and punctuation tests, go to:

Online test public demonstration site

Paper test example questions

The numeracy assessment area includes:

  • Number and Algebra
  • Measurement and Geometry
  • Statistics and Probability.

For the online test, students in Years 3 and 5 do not use a calculator. The test for students in Years 7 and 9 has two sections. In the first section, calculators are not allowed. In the second section, students can access an online calculator, ruler and protractor. Students in all year groups can turn on an audio player to hear the questions read aloud, if they wish.

For the paper test, Years 3 and 5 students will complete only one test and will not use a calculator. Years 7 and 9 students will complete two tests and will require a calculator for one of the tests. Students will be permitted to bring into the test the calculator that they currently use at school or with which they are most familiar.

For further information about the numeracy tests, go to:

Online test public demonstration site

Paper test example questions

The NAPLAN Online test window is nine days. The extended test window allows schools to take account of the availability of devices in the school when scheduling tests.

All tests must be scheduled in the correct sequence. This is detailed in the table below.

For NAPLAN Online 2020, day 1 of testing is Tuesday, 12 May and day 9 is Friday, 22 May.

Schedule change for Year 7 and Year 9 Writing tests

For the 2020 NAPLAN Online tests, the Year 7 and Year 9 writing test window has been changed to day 2 and day 3 (from day 1 and 2). There is no change to the schedule for Year 3 or Year 5 writing.

Schools must schedule classes to do the writing from the first day of the appropriate two-day test window and all classes must be scheduled to finish the writing test by the end of the second day. If this is not possible, for any reason, principals must contact the NAPLAN Online helpdesk on 9442 9442 or email naplanonline@scsa.wa.edu.au for permission to schedule classes after the two-day writing window.

2020 NAPLAN Online test timetable

Test

Scheduling requirements

Duration

Writing

Year 3 students must do a paper-based writing test on day 1 only


Year 5 must start on day 1(schools must prioritise completion of writing across days 1 and 2 only)


Years 7 and 9 must start on day 2 (schools must prioritise completion of writing across days 2 and 3 only)

Year 3: 40 minutes
Year 5: 42 minutes
Year 7: 42 minutes
Year 9: 42 minutes

Reading

To be completed before the conventions of language test


To ensure online schools are able to complete NAPLAN tests within the nine-day testing window, Years 7 and 9 students can start with reading on day 1.


However, where reading tests do start on day 1, Years 7 and 9 writing must start on day 2, even if all classes have not yet done the reading tests.


Any reading tests that were not completed on day 1 must be scheduled after all classes have done the writing tests.

Year 3: 45 minutes
Year 5: 50 minutes
Year 7: 65 minutes
Year 9: 65 minutes

Conventions of language

To be completed after the reading test

Year 3: 45 minutes
Year 5: 45 minutes
Year 7: 45 minutes
Year 9: 45 minutes

Numeracy

To be completed after the conventions of language test

Year 3: 45 minutes
Year 5: 50 minutes
Year 7: 65 minutes
Year 9: 65 minutes

Catch-up tests

Principals are encouraged to facilitate students’ participation in the tests by holding catch-up sessions for those students who were identified as absent on the day they were scheduled to do the test but who return to school within the school’s planned test schedule.


Under no circumstances may individual students with planned absences be permitted to take the tests before their classes’ scheduled test sessions for any given test.

Test security period

Tests must not be conducted prior to the published test dates under any circumstances.

The test security period is the period during which NAPLAN tests remain secure. For both paper and online tests, the test security period starts as soon as secure test materials are received by, or released to, a school, and runs until Friday in the week following the official test days for NAPLAN Online (Friday, 29 May 2020).

Once the test security period ends, schools are permitted to use NAPLAN tests for non-commercial education use within the school. They are not permitted to upload NAPLAN tests to any website, intranet site, or equivalent media and are not permitted to provide NAPLAN tests to parents/carers or members of the wider community, including the media. This applies to all NAPLAN test material from 2008 onwards.

The 2020 NAPLAN Paper tests are scheduled for the mornings of Tuesday, 12 May, Wednesday, 13 May and Thursday, 14 May. All schools across Australia with students completing paper tests are expected to complete the tests on the same days.

Catch-up sessions may be conducted during the testing week at any time following the scheduled assessment time.

Students are not permitted to sit the paper tests after Friday, 15 May 2020.

2020 NAPLAN Paper test timetable

 

Tuesday
12 May

Wednesday
13 May

Thursday
14 May

Friday
15 May

Year 3

Language conventions
45 minutes


Writing
40 minutes

Reading
45 minutes

Numeracy
45 minutes

Catch-up tests for individual students who were absent can be offered any time after the scheduled test, up until the end of 15 May.

Year 5

Language conventions
45 minutes


Writing
40 minutes

Reading
50 minutes

Numeracy
50 minutes

Year 7

Language conventions
45 minutes


Writing
40 minutes

Reading
65 minutes

Numeracy
65 minutes


Part A:
Calculator Allowed
55 minutes


Part B:
Non-calculator
10 minutes

Year 9

Language conventions
45 minutes


Writing
40 minutes

Reading
65 minutes

Numeracy
65 minutes


Part A:
Calculator Allowed
55 minutes


Part B:
Non-calculator
10 minutes

Test security period

Tests must not be conducted prior to the published test dates under any circumstances.

The test security period is the period during which NAPLAN tests remain secure. For both paper and online tests, the test security period starts as soon as secure test materials are received by, or released to, a school, and runs until Friday in the week following the official test days for NAPLAN Online (Friday, 29 May 2020).

Once the test security period ends, schools are permitted to use NAPLAN tests for non-commercial education use within the school. They are not permitted to upload NAPLAN tests to any website, intranet site, or equivalent media and are not permitted to provide NAPLAN tests to parents/carers or members of the wider community, including the media. This applies to all NAPLAN test material from 2008 onwards.