Dear Parents & Caregivers,

In 2020 NAPLAN will be administered as an online test. All schools participating in NAPLAN Online testing have been encouraged to take part in a practice test.

A practice test will be undertaken by Year 7 and Year 9 on Monday 23 March and Tuesday 25 March.

Participation in the practice tests is highly beneficial for schools and students in their preparation for NAPLAN in May, as it allows schools and students to become familiar with the online assessment platform and processes.

The practice tests will include an omnibus test (combination of reading, conventions of language and numeracy questions) and a writing test, both approximately 40 minutes in length. All students in Years 7 and 9 are expected to complete both tests. 

NESA reports that feedback from parents and schools in 2018 and 2019 has identified that students who do not complete these practice tests are more likely to experience problems during the actual NAPLAN tests, due to lack of familiarity with the functionality of the online assessment platform.

All students will need a fully charged iPad and headphones. They also need to download the Naplan Browser via https://naplan.parra.catholic.edu.au/download

The activity provides an opportunity for every student to experience the NAPLAN online assessment platform as well as the functionality and tools within the locked down browser.

The practice test also provides an important opportunity for students with a disability to determine whether the available adjustments in the online assessment platform meets their individual needs. Where appropriate, students could trial the use of extra time, rest breaks and colour themes.

Your child will not need any academic preparation for the practice test. This is not a test of their literacy and numeracy skills, but an opportunity for them to experience the online test format and for the College to assess its online testing capability.

For more information, please visit:

https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/k-10/understanding-the-curriculum/naplan/preparation-activities

Yours sincerely

Mrs Fiona Livingstone
Acting Leader of Learning – Curriculum