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The National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is a series of tests given to students attending 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 9th years in Australia. The NAPLAN measures students' levels of understanding in reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar, and punctuation), and numeracy. The focus is, therefore, on skills and understanding rather than on knowledge of the yearly curriculum. The questions come in two formats: multiple choice or a short written response.


Sections of the NAPLAN

The NAPLAN test assesses four different topics. Students take one or two sections a day; they are not expected to sit through the entire exam in one go. The length of the test varies between school years:

NAPLAN Reading Test 

The NAPLAN reading test assesses reading comprehension and English proficiency by presenting students with texts and text-related questions. These texts vary in length, complexity, and style of writing. Students have 45 minutes to complete the test in their 3rd year, 50 minutes in their 5th year, and 65 minutes in their 7th and 9th years.

NAPLAN Writing Test

The NAPLAN writing test presents students with a stimulus, also known as a prompt, asking them to write a response to a given text. The stimulus may call for a narrative essay or a persuasive one. The essay is graded based on students' ability to engage the audience, present their ideas coherently, and use a broad range of vocabulary. Graders also pay particular attention to spelling, syntax, punctuation, paragraph structure, and use of persuasive devices (in case of a persuasive essay) or character and setting (in case of a narrative essay).  Students have 40 minutes to complete the test, regardless of year.

NAPLAN Language Convention Test

The NAPLAN language conventions test evaluates spelling, punctuation, and grammar skills. As they progress in school, students should demonstrate deeper understanding of the mechanics of the English language as well as a wider range of vocabulary. Students in their 3rd and 5th years have 40 minutes to complete the test, while students in their 7th and 9th years have 45 minutes.

NAPLAN Numeracy Test

The NAPLAN numeracy test measures students' ability to solve questions revolving around different mathematical concepts and skills. Such topics may include properties of numbers, algebra, geometry, units of measurement, statistics, and probability.  Students in their 3rd year have 45 minutes to complete the test, and students in their 5th year have 50 minutes. Students in their 7th and 9th years have 50 minutes to solve the calculator section and 10 minutes to solve the non-calculator section.


NAPLAN Timetable

 

Language Conventions

Writing

Reading

Numeracy

Total

3rd Year

40 minutes

40 minutes

45 minutes

45 minutes

2 hours and 50 minutes

5th Year

40 minutes

40 minutes

50 minutes

50 minutes

3 hours

7th Year

45 minutes

40 minutes

65 minutes

60 minutes

3 hours and 30 minutes

9th Year

45 minutes

40 minutes

65 minutes

60 minutes

3 hours and 30 minutes


NAPLAN Scores

The NAPLAN is not a pass/fail type of test. Instead, the test results show how one student's scores compare with the national average of scores of other students in the same age group. Because of the differences in averages across the various skills measured, a score for one section is not equivalent to the same score earned for a different section. Read more about the NAPLAN results here.


How to Prepare for the NAPLAN Test?

Here are 6 tips to help you prepare your child for the NAPLAN:

  • Novels are your best friend. The best way to learn new words and enhance your child’s reading skills is by introducing him or her to books that are both interesting and challenging at the same time. Introduce your child to a variety of sources, such as books, plays, poetry, and news articles. When reading a passage, ask challenging questions as well as highlight and define new words.
  • Apply math in everyday life. Encourage your child to use math daily, such as to find the sum of coins or to use coordinates to read a map. Also, it is important to help your child develop the habit of solving problems in a step-by-step and tidy manner to avoid any mistakes.
  • Practice, practice, and more practice. The NAPLAN assesses both skill and knowledge relevant for a student's current grade and for his or her future college and career readiness. The surest way to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge is with practice. Try our practice pack now to start preparing today.
  • Learn to understand. Find the concepts, techniques, or material that challenge your child and focus on mastering them, not memorising. Your child should understand the material so he or she can apply it to different problems. Comprehension of concepts will improve your child's problem-solving skills and learning process.
  • Above all, write. One of the best ways to practise one's writing skills is by actually writing. Ask your child to write a composition once or twice a month or to even keep a diary. Encourage your child to use the new words he or she has learned and apply the language conventions learned in class. Later, review your child's work for any grammar or spelling errors.
  • No time? No problem. Students should only study a few hours each day to ensure they master the material on which they are being tested. Focused and organised practice will save students time in the long run and ensure deeper understanding of the material. Acquiring the necessary knowledge and skills won't happen overnight, so students should practise regularly. Check out our NAPLAN practice pack and preparation suggestions.

 


NAPLAN Practice Tests - Online

The NAPLAN test is an important test which every student in Australia has to take. The NAPLAN assesses students in various ways and measures the skills underlying the national curriculum. Therefore, it is a test worth preparing for. JobTestPrep offers all the preparation materials necessary to ensure your child or student's success, including NAPLAN practice tests, study guides, writing tasks, and in-depth answer explanations.


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