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Students in their 3rd year in Australia take the NAPLAN. Students are given between 40 and 45 minutes to solve each section of the test. The NAPLAN Year 3 Test reviews various numeracy, reading, language conventions, and writing skills.

NAPLAN Numeracy Year 3

Year 3 students are tested on five different areas of mathematics:

  • Algebra, function, and pattern: In this field, students are introduced to pre-algebra concepts such as number sentences and number patterns. Students should be able to recognise correspondence between two sets of objects, follow instructions, and recognise equivalence in a form of a number or an expression. Students may also be asked to recognise patterns in sequences, continue existing patterns, and identify the change between consecutive terms.
  • Measurement, chance, and data: In this field, students measure various properties of objects using the appropriate tools as well as calculate areas and volumes by counting units. Students should be familiar with the different standard metric units and how to apply them. Students may also be asked to read the time on digital and analogue clocks as well as read pictographs and two-way tables.
  • Number: In this field, students are introduced to whole numbers, factions, and decimals. They should be able to recognise different representations of numbers, know the difference between even and odd numbers, and add and subtract. Students should also be able to compare, partition, and order whole numbers with up to three digits. They may be asked to halve small amounts and objects, as well as to recognise halves and quarters in different representations. To prepare for this section, students should memorise addition and subtraction up to twenty and use partition to assist in calculations. They should also understand the multiplication process and be able to group objects, as well as recognise and apply the correct mathematical operation required to solve the problem.
  • Space: In this field, students are introduced to basic 2D shapes and their properties, as well as families of common 3D shapes. Students are expected to identify the 3D shape, even when represented as a 2D model, and identify different angles. Students may be tested on their knowledge of transformation and symmetry and on alternations, such as flips or turns. Students are also asked to identify or move objects on simple maps, grids, and plans using basic coordinates.
  • Working mathematically: In this field, students focus on understanding processes, procedures, or properties of numbers. Students should know the names of commonly used terms, shapes, symbols, and notations; interpret graphs and tables; group and compare objects based on properties; and solve problems with one or two steps.

Read more about NAPLAN Numeracy here or practise with our free sample questions now.

NAPLAN Language Conventions Year 3

The NAPLAN Language Conventions section assesses three components of English writing:

  • Spelling: Students should be able to recognise and correct errors in common one-syllable and two-syllable words with regular spelling patterns.
  • Grammar and Punctuation: Students should be able to recognise basic grammar aspects of a simple sentence, such as tenses, nouns, pronouns, punctuation marks, and capitalisation. For example, students may be asked to find the correct preposition, pronoun, adverb, or form of a participle required to complete a sentence. They may also be asked to find the correct location for a full stop or to identify proper nouns.

Read more about NAPLAN Language Conventions here.

NAPLAN Reading Year 3

Year 3 students are asked to read short texts containing simple sentence structure and the use of colloquial words. These texts are accompanied by colourful images that help explain the context of the text as well as some of the harder words. Unfamiliar words may also be explained in the text itself. After reading the texts, students are asked to demonstrate a basic level of understanding of the text and the corresponding images by answering questions listed in a separate booklet.

Questions about simple imaginative texts may ask students to:

  • Locate information stated in the text.
  • Connect ideas within and across sentences and paragraphs.
  • Interpret ideas presented in the text.
  • Infer the writer's feelings.
  • Identify a sequence of events.

Questions about simple information texts may ask students to:

  • Locate information and details stated in the text.
  • Establish connections between the text to the corresponding images.
  • Infer the meaning of an unfamiliar word from its context.
  • Identify the purpose of the text.
  • Connect ideas within and across sentences and paragraphs.
  • Understand conventions used in lists and letters.

 Read more about NAPLAN Reading here.

NAPLAN Writing Year 3

Year 3 students are required to write a response to either a narrative or a persuasive stimulus.

  • Persuasive writing: Students are expected to write a response containing a few ideas as well as informative details that demonstrate their awareness and opinions. The response is expected to contain a few persuasive devices, such as opinions and reasons that are explained in simple but correct language.
  • Narrative writing: Students are expected to write a response containing a few ideas that utilise common storytelling elements. The characterisation, diction, and setting are usually simple, though they may also use some precise diction and correctly structured sentences.

Read more about NAPLAN Writing here.

NAPLAN Practice Tests Year 3 – Online

The NAPLAN test is an important exam that students in their 3rd year in Australia have to take. The NAPLAN assesses the numeracy and literacy skills necessary for a student's academic future. Therefore, it is a test worth preparing for. JobTestPrep offers an online NAPLAN practice pack that contains NAPLAN practice tests, study guides, writing tasks, and in-depth answer explanations. Start preparing with JobTestPrep today!

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