The NAPLAN maths test assesses students' mathematical knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts. The test is composed of two item types—multiple choice and constructed response. Students are asked to demonstrate their reasoning, problem-solving, and comprehension of three aspects of mathematics: number and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability. Within those three fields, students are assessed on their progress in five different areas of mathematics:

  • Algebra, function, and pattern: In this field, students progress from identifying pre-algebraic expressions, such as number sentences and number patterns, to evaluating algebraic expressions and relations. They learn to recognise mathematic patterns in number sequences, tables, and graphs, and to predict or evaluate changes in those patterns. In later years, students learn to identify linear and simple non-linear number patterns and their equivalent forms.
  • Measurement, chance, and data: In this field, students start by measuring various properties of objects using the appropriate tools and calculating areas and volumes by counting units. Later, they learn to compare properties of objects, read and interpret charts, and read digital and analogue clocks. Students learn to calculate the probability of an event, interpret empirical estimates of probabilities, and compare theoretical probabilities with sample data.
  • Number: In this field, students start by working with whole numbers, factions, and decimals, and progress to working with integers and key percentages, as well as equivalent representations of common fractions, key percentages, and decimals. They learn their properties as they compare, order, and group them according to their attributes. Students learn to divide by 10 or 100 and solve money-related problems. To prepare for this section, students should memorise basic addition and subtraction as well as number properties to assist in calculations.
  • Space: In this field, students are introduced to 2D shapes and 3D objects. They learn about their properties and how to calculate them, as well as how to identify nets of objects and interpret 2D representations of 3D objects. As they progress in grade level, students learn to identify symmetry and congruence and relate them to transformations and patterns using terms such as reflection, centre of rotation, and angle of rotation. In addition to shapes, students learn to work with maps, plans, and grids; follow directions; and use coordinates to navigate from one location to another.
  • Working mathematically: In this field, students focus on understanding processes, procedures, and properties of numbers. In the beginning, they learn the names of commonly used terms, shapes, symbols, and notations. Later, they focus on whole, rational numbers and objects, such as fractions, decimals, common 2D shapes, and their equivalent forms. Students may be asked to solve problems requiring more than one operation or those with number patterns, as well as to solve diagrams that incorporate 2D shapes and 3D objects.

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The NAPLAN numeracy test assesses various aspects and applications of maths, which makes it a hard test to prepare for. Since the NAPLAN test shapes students' academic and college careers, it is crucial to prepare for it. JobTestPrep's practice packs will help your child review and master each of the mathematical skills necessary to excel on the NAPLAN maths test.

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