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Contact the NAPLAN help desk 
Ph: 1300 119 556


School Readiness Test key dates

  • 15-16 June: NAPLAN Online facilitator training
  • 21-22 June: NAPLAN Online facilitator training
  • 27 June to 11 August: School staff training
  • 17 July: NAPLAN Online Helpdesk opens
  • 14 August to 22 September: Online School Readiness Test

Teachers and students will benefit from NAPLAN being online through:

  • More precise results with an adaptive design: tests will automatically adapt to a student’s performance and ask questions that match the student’s achievement levels.
  • Faster turnaround of results: schools and students will receive results faster so teachers can respond more quickly to learning needs.
  • More engaging: the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) found that research into online assessment showed students engage well with electronic tests.

Research and development program

ACARA has led significant planning, research and development over several years for the transition from pencil -and-paper delivery to NAPLAN Online.

Technical requirements

ACARA has provided information on the technical requirements for schools to deliver the NAPLAN Online tests. These requirements are updated regularly as technology changes.

Test design

NAPLAN Online will use a tailored test design that delivers different sets of questions in ' testlets' to students depending on their achievement on previous questions. This adaptive testing will match questions to an individual student's achievement level in a way that is not feasible for paper-based testing. This will lead to more precise measurements of student ability.

More information on the tailored test design can be found on NAP website.

Test timetable

While NAPLAN Online will enable greater variation in the design of test items, the domains assessed in the online test will be the same as the paper-based test. The sequence for the online tests is as follows:

     1. Writing  > 2. Reading  > 3. Conventions of Language  > 4. Numeracy

ACARA has produced an infographic to explain the order of testing and the expanded test window for NAPLAN Online.

View the test timetable  

Test administration

The National Protocols for Test Administration (NPTA) which set out the standard conditions for administering the tests will remain largely unchanged in the transition online.

The supporting administrative system will change for schools undertaking the tests online. The NAPLAN Online assessment platform is intended to provide a single point of reference for all functions to support the administration and delivery of the tests.

Public demonstration site

A public demonstration site is available on the NAP website for schools, students and the public to access. The site has:

  • information on technical requirements
  • a user guide
  • practice tests in each domain and for all NAPLAN year levels which feature the different types of test questions that may be in the NAPLAN Online tests.

Preparation for NAPLAN Online

The NSW Education Standards Authority is working closely with all school sectors to prepare for the move to NAPLAN Online. To ensure a smooth and positive transition, training has taken place across the state so that appointed teachers are equipped to support students for the online testing environment.

To assess readiness for a move to  NAPLAN Online, schools will participate in a school readiness test, which will be administered from 14 August to 22 September, 2017. Each school will select a week within this period to undertake the school readiness test.

Image showing the transition to NAPLAN online. Copy describing this in more detail below.
© Image courtesy of  NSW Department of Education. 

Transitioning to NAPLAN Online

The transition to NAPLAN Online will take place across four planned stages:

Stage One: Technical readiness

This stage involves identifying technical readiness to prepare for the school readiness test.

It is important for schools to check that they have suitable resources and devices for the readiness test. Students can use their school’s facilities during the test or they can bring their own device (BYOD), where their school has a BYOD policy.

All devices must comply with the technical requirements.

A locked down browser must be installed on every device so that students can access the test. All other functions on the device will be disabled when the students launch the locked down browser. 

Sector representatives have already been in contact with schools to assess their technical readiness. Schools who have passed stage 1 will participate in the school readiness test (stage 3).

Stage Two: Training

This stage involves equipping schools with the knowledge and skills to administer the school readiness test.

During the planning and preparation stage of the transition to NAPLAN Online, training for key staff members in schools is taking place across NSW. Principals have appointed NAPLAN coordinators and test administrators to attend the training. The training has been designed to teach NAPLAN coordinators and test administrators the different functionalities of the online assessment platform so that they are equipped to administer the school readiness test in their schools. 

The training sessions provided in-depth demonstrations to NAPLAN coordinators and test administrators. Following on from training, schools have access to a training space on the online assessment platform where they can practice what they have learnt and train other staff within their schools.

Stage Three: School readiness test

This stage involves a practice run for all NSW schools with students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9.

The school readiness test is designed to help schools assess their technical and administrative readiness in a ‘dress rehearsal’ activity. It will also allow students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 become more familiar with the NAPLAN Online test format.

The school readiness test will give schools the opportunity to prepare and practice for NAPLAN Online. During this time, a NESA helpdesk will b