What does NAPLAN assess and why is the test moving to an online format?

NAPLAN assesses literacy and numeracy – important skills that each child needs to succeed in school and life. If your child is in Year 3 or 5 this year, they will be participating in NAPLAN tests for reading, writing, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. The NAPLAN tests are designed to help us make sure students are on track with their literacy and numeracy development over time.

This year, between 14 and 24 May, our school will be doing NAPLAN Online. All schools are moving to NAPLAN Online by 2020 as the online assessment provides more accurate information about what students know and can do. Feedback from schools that have undertaken the NAPLAN assessment online was that students generally find the online assessment engaging.

Students with disability

NAPLAN Online includes audio and visual alternative questions, including colour themes, that may be suitable for some students with disability. All questions are also keyboard accessible. The Guide for schools to assist students with disability to access NAPLAN Online provides an overview of the process that our teachers, in consultation with parents and carers, will follow to assist students with disability.

ICT skills are part of the school curriculum

Students do not need to be computer experts to take the NAPLAN test online. Making sure students have computers skills is part of our school curriculum, and our teachers will ensure your child is familiar with the online format.  Year 3 students will continue to complete the writing assessment on paper.

To see the types of questions and interactive features of NAPLAN Online, try out the tests on the public demonstration site, available on the NAP website.

Test integrity

To ensure test security and prevent student access to the internet and spell-check applications during NAPLAN Online, a locked-down browser will be installed to each student’s device.

For more information about the move online, visit

Practice Test

In preparation for NAPLAN in May, students in Years 3 & 5 will take part in an online Practice Test on Thursday 28 March at 9.30am (40 mins). This provides students with an opportunity to build familiarity with the online platform, in their classroom setting. The results from this test are not provided to schools or parents.

If you have a student in Year 3 or 5, please ensure that he/she has a set of headphones that are working effectively. Last year, we experienced some minor difficulties with headphones that were not in good condition, and they needed to be replaced during the testing week.

Please talk to your child’s teacher if you have any queries about NAPLAN Online.