The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It has been an everyday part of the school calendar since 2008.
NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling and numeracy. The assessments are undertaken nationwide, every year, in the second full week in May.
NAPLAN is made up of tests in the four areas (or ‘domains') of:
- Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation)
NAPLAN tests skills in literacy and numeracy that are developed over time through the school curriculum.
To get a sense of the ‘look and feel' of the tests and to understand what types of questions are asked, a full set of example NAPLAN tests is available:
Here are some other resources that explain the NAPLAN
NAPLAN information for parents and carers
NAPLAN for parents (pdf 157 KB)
NAPLAN- A snapshot
Preparing for NAPLAN
NAPLAN is not a test that children can prepare for in the same way they might prepare for an end of term test. NAPLAN tests skills that develop and improve over time. These are skills that should be continuously developed throughout the year and not just in the lead-up to NAPLAN.
The best way to get your child ready for NAPLAN is to continue to develop literacy and numeracy skills. Your child's teacher will be able to give you advice on how to help encourage development of these skills at home.