Examination

Section Minutes Questions Type
Reading 40 30 Multiple choice
Mathematical reasoning 40 35 Multiple choice
Thinking skills 40 40 Multiple choice
Writing 30 1 Open response

Reading Test

The reading test consists of 30 questions. Students have 40 minutes to complete the test. The questions are based on a diverse range of texts and assess a range of reading skills.

The reading test questions are based on different genres such as non-fiction, fiction, poetry, magazine articles and reports.

Mathematical Reasoning Test

The mathematical reasoning test consists of 35 questions. Students have 40 minutes to complete the test. The questions are all multiple choice and students will be asked to select the correct answer from 5 options.

The mathematical reasoning test assesses the student’s ability to apply mathematical understanding and knowledge to problems, with questions drawn from a range of mathematical content areas.

Calculators are not used in the mathematical reasoning test.

Thinking skills Test

The thinking skills test consists of 40 questions. Students have 40 minutes to complete the test. The questions are all multiple choice and students will be asked to select the correct answer from 4 options.

The thinking skills test assesses the student’s ability in critical thinking and problem solving. There are a range of different question types in the test.

No previous knowledge is required for this test.

Writing Test

The writing test consists of one set writing task. Students have 30 minutes to complete the test. The test assesses the student’s creativity of ideas and ability to write effectively for a purpose and audience. The test will also assess grammar, punctuation, spelling and vocabulary.

The test consists of three sections and is structured as follows:

Section Minutes Questions Type
Reading 30 25 Multiple choice
Mathematical reasoning 40 35 Multiple choice
Thinking skills 30 30 Multiple choice

Reading Test

The reading test consists of 25 questions. Students have 30 minutes to complete the test. The questions are based on a diverse range of texts and assess a range of reading skills.

The reading test questions are based on different genres such as non-fiction, fiction, poetry, magazine articles and reports.

Mathematical Reasoning Test

The mathematical reasoning test consists of 35 questions. Students have 40 minutes to complete the test. The questions are all multiple choice.

The mathematical reasoning test assesses the student’s ability to apply mathematical understanding and knowledge to problems, with questions drawn from a range of mathematical content areas.

Calculators are not used in the mathematical reasoning test.

Thinking skills Test

The thinking skills test consists of 30 questions. Students have 30 minutes to complete the test. The questions are all multiple choice.

The thinking skills test assesses the student’s ability in critical thinking and problem solving. There are a range of different question types in the test.

No previous knowledge is required for this test.

Multiple choice tests are marked by computer.

The NAPLAN test is made up of the following components:

Test Duration Test description
Writing Year 3: 40 minutes

Year 5: 42 minutes

Year 7: 42 minutes

Year 9: 42 minutes

Students are provided with a ‘writing stimulus’ (sometimes called a ‘prompt’ – an idea or topic) and asked to write a response in a particular genre (narrative or persuasive writing)
Reading Year 3: 45 minutes

Year 5: 50 minutes

Year 7: 65 minutes

Year 9: 65 minutes

Students read a range of informative, imaginative and persuasive texts and then answer related questions
Conventions of language Year 3: 45 minutes

Year 5: 45 minutes

Year 7: 45 minutes

Year 9: 45 minutes

This test assesses spelling, grammar and punctuation
Numeracy Year 3: 45 minutes

Year 5: 50 minutes

Year 7: 65 minutes

Year 9: 65 minutes

This test assesses number and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability

 

 

The National Literacy and Numeracy Plan

A National literacy and Numeracy Plan has been implemented by the Australian Federal Government to assist in improving overall school literacy and numeracy standards in the country. The plan allows for national ‘benchmarks’ to be established and therefore sets the standard for students in Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 all over Australia. Students in all state undergo literacy and numeracy testing in accordance with these benchmarks and are thus assessed using the same criteria. For more information regarding the National Literacy and Numeracy Plan, see the Commonwealth Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs website at: www.detya.gov.au/schools/literacy&numeracy/benchmarks.htm Under the education system in Australia, primary school students in NSW can undertake several key examinations that may help to determine the course of their high school career, whether it be at a school that is selective, specialist or private.

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