About the tests

NAPLAN is made up of two assessment areas.

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The literacy assessment comprises three tests:

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

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.

Reading sample 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 prompt will not be disclosed prior to the test period. The Writing test will require students to respond to either a persuasive or narrative writing prompt. Students receive a three-page blank writing booklet and a colour stimulus page. Criterion-referenced marking rubrics are used to assess students’ writing. This will enable comparisons to be made across year groups and growth to be measured.

The persuasive and narrative writing marking criteria and guides, as well as examples of persuasive and narrative prompts, are available at the link below.


The Language conventions test comprises spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Students are required to identify and correct spelling errors, and answer multiple-choice grammar and punctuation questions.

Language Conventions example tests.

The numeracy assessment area includes:

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

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.

Numeracy sample questions.