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Information for schools

General information

Purpose of the tests

The NAPLAN tests are conducted over three days in May. Most students sit for the tests in their own schools. Students who are travelling within Australia can sit for the tests at a school near their holiday location as a visiting student.

The NAPLAN tests are designed to assess the skills of Australian students in literacy and numeracy. The tests provide data on the achievements of students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 for reporting to parents/carers and schools and for systematic reporting.

Eligibility to sit for the tests

All eligible students in Years 3, 5, 7 or 9 enrolled at any school must sit for the tests unless they are exempt or withdrawn by parents/carers.

Home-schooled students are eligible to sit for the tests if they are registered with BOSTES and complete the NAPLAN registration form.

Test aspects

The following areas of literacy are assessed:

  • Language conventions – spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Writing
  • Reading

In numeracy, the content areas assessed are:

  • Number and algebra
  • Measurement and geometry
  • Statistics and probability

Test format

For the writing test, students will be given a stimulus. They are required to write up to three pages in response to the task.

In the language conventions, reading and numeracy tests most questions will require either a multiple-choice response (shade a bubble to indicate the answer) or a constructed response (write the answer in a box or on a line).

Preparation for the tests

Information about the NAPLAN tests is available on the NAPLAN website.

Example tests for literacy and numeracy are available for each year level.


NAPLAN for non-government schools

Independent schools

Independent schools should contact Teresa Elliott, Senior Administrative Officer, NAPLAN on (02) 9367 8112 for further information.

Catholic Diocesan schools

Catholic Diocesan schools should contact Karen Ferrante, Catholic Education Commission on
(02) 9287 1575 for further information.

Home Schoolers

Home schoolers (registered with BOSTES) should contact Teresa Elliott, Senior Administrative Officer, NAPLAN on (02) 9367 8112 for further information about registration.

Participation and Registration (PAR) website

The Student Participation and Registration (PAR) website is a password-protected system that enables principals or NAPLAN coordinators to complete many of the tasks associated with NAPLAN administration online. The tasks include:

  • completing the Statement of Compliance (including the NAPLAN Code of Conduct)
  • providing school contact details
  • confirming school and student details
  • adding newly enrolled students and deleting students who have left the school
  • ordering special print test material (large print, braille and electronic tests)
  • applying for scribe use and computer use  
  • accessing parent/carer consent forms for exemption and withdrawal
  • recording student participation and disability adjustments during test week.

The PAR username and password are contained in a letter that is sent to schools with the Handbook for Principals.

If the password has been lost, schools can click the ‘Unable to Log In?’ button on the PAR login page. This will prompt an email to be sent to the school’s generic email address with the PAR password.

Schools will need to access the PAR website on a number of occasions during the NAPLAN test program, as listed below.

Phase 1 – Term 1

Schools check and confirm student details.

All schools are required to confirm their student data within the allocated time frame.

Phase 2 – Term 2

Schools record details about student test participation and disability adjustments.

Phase 3 – Term 3

Schools check student participation details against report information.


NAPLAN test administration

Handbook for Principals

The purpose of the Handbook for Principals is to make sure that principals and teachers understand what is required to administer the NAPLAN tests.

There are two parts to the handbook:

  • Part A contains relevant sections from the National Protocols for Test Administration, including the Code of Conduct. These protocols apply to all schools in Australia.
  • Part B contains the jurisdictional information that is relevant to the administration of NAPLAN in all NSW schools.

Forms

All documents for administering the NAPLAN tests in NSW schools are available on BOSTES website and on the Participation and Registration website.

Test timeline

Schools must administer the tests in accordance with the nationally agreed test timetable.

Tests must NOT be conducted before the official test date under any circumstances. In 2016, the test period was Tuesday 10 May to Thursday 12 May.

The security of all test materials must be maintained until the test security period finishes.

Students who are absent during a test(s) may undertake a catch-up test(s). Schools may schedule catch-up tests on a convenient day in the test week only, after the scheduled test. Students are not permitted to undertake catch-up tests in the week following the tests.

Test Administration Handbook for Teachers

The Test Administration Handbook for Teachers provides test administrators with all the instructions that are needed to administer the tests.

Test administrators must read and be familiar with all the information in the relevant sections of the handbook before administering each test. Test administrators are required to follow the student instructions and test administration script exactly as provided in the handbook, so that all students across Australia receive the same test instructions.


NAPLAN test timetable

In 2016, the NAPLAN tests were conducted from 10 to 12 May.

Year Tuesday 10 May Wednesday 11 May Thursday 12 May Friday 13 May
Year 3 Language conventions
40 minutes

Writing
40 minutes
Reading
45 minutes
Numeracy
45 minutes
Catch-up day
Year 5 Language conventions
40 minutes

Writing
40 minutes
Reading
50 minutes
Numeracy
50 minutes
Catch-up day
Year 7 Language conventions
45 minutes

Writing
40 minutes
Reading
65 minutes
Numeracy calculator allowed
40 minutes

followed by

Numeracy non-calculator
40 minutes
Catch-up day
Year 9 Language conventions
45 minutes

Writing
40 minutes
Reading
65 minutes
Numeracy calculator allowed
40 minutes

followed by

Numeracy non-calculator
40 minutes
Catch-up day
Monday 16 May Tuesday 17 May Wednesday 18 May Thursday 19 May Friday 20 May
Test security to be maintained

NAPLAN writing test

The Persuasive Writing Marking Guide and the Narrative Writing Marking Guide can be downloaded from the ACARA website.

Further information about the NAPLAN writing test, including example prompts, can be found on the ACARA NAP website at:

Marking the writing test

The NAPLAN writing tests are marked by assessors who have received intensive training in the application of ten writing criteria.

People interested in applying to mark the NAPLAN writing test should click here.


NAPLAN publications

NAPLAN manuals

NAPLAN documents


NAPLAN reporting

2016 NAPLAN student reports will be delivered to schools in mid-August 2016.

Samples of the NAPLAN student reports are on the ACARA website.

Information about NAPLAN reporting can be found at:

The NAPLAN National Report is released in December each year.


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