Information regarding past NAPLAN test papers

The information below:

  • describes how you can access most of these test papers;
  • describes how you can obtain access to government-released answers to some of the more recent NAPLAN tests;
  • provides you with copyright information; and
  • provides you with some information relevant to parents and carers and the media.

Notes:

A. ACARA does not provide access to NAPLAN 2017 tests and NAPLAN 2018 (paper and online) tests. For further information, see point [3] below.

B. ACARA does not publish answers to NAPLAN test questions. However, ACARA advises that the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) has published answers to some of the more recent NAPLAN tests through its NAPLAN state reports. An advantage of obtaining the answers through a government authority (over a commercial provider) is that you get assurance that these answers have been checked and authenticated.

1. Access to NAPLAN 2008–2015 test papers

2. Access to NAPLAN 2016 test papers

The NAPLAN 2016 test papers, all year levels and domains, have been released under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act). To obtain access to these test papers, please email ([email protected]).

3. No access to NAPLAN 2017 tests and NAPLAN 2018 (paper and online) tests

ACARA does not provide access to the NAPLAN 2017 and NAPLAN 2018 (paper and online) tests. ACARA:

  • intends to use the NAPLAN 2017 tests for future equating tests to equate online and paper tests; and
  • uses NAPLAN 2018 paper and online tests for the equating of NAPLAN 2018 online and paper tests and intends to use these tests for a range of other purposes including ACARA’s research and development studies.

ACARA notes the decision of the Acting Information Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, in the Marty Ross decision in support of its position.

4. Freedom of information

All of the NAPLAN tests published on the ACARA website have previously been released under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act). The FOI Act gives you the right to use these NAPLAN tests. It does not give anyone any rights in relation to these tests. For example, the FOI Act does not give you the right to publish or communicate (such as by uploading to an electronic platform) these tests.

For more information, see the ACARA information sheet NAPLAN tests (PDF 73 kb).

3. Copyright information

ACARA owns all NAPLAN test questions and some of the images. Some images (photographs and illustrations) and some text included in the NAPLAN tests are owned by third parties and licensed to ACARA. ACARA does not grant you any copyright rights in relation to these tests. The NAPLAN tests are for personal use only.

For more information, see the ACARA information sheet NAPLAN tests (PDF 73 kb).

4. Government-released answers to past NAPLAN tests

ACARA advises that the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) has published answers to some of the more recent NAPLAN tests through its NAPLAN state reports. An advantage of obtaining the answers through a government authority (over a commercial provider) is that you get assurance that these answers have been checked and authenticated.

5. Parents and carers

If you are a parent or carer, ACARA supports parent/carer engagement with their children’s learning. You may be interested in information provided on the ‘Parent/carer support’ page of the NAP website and, particularly, our messages that:

  • The best way you can help your child prepare for NAPLAN is to reassure your child that NAPLAN tests are just one part of their school program, and to urge them to simply do the best they can on the day. The use of services by coaching providers is not recommended.
  • If you have any questions about your child’s preparation for NAPLAN, you should make a time to speak with their teacher.

We also note that each year ACARA updates the My School website with the prior year's NAPLAN data. In recent years it is common for media to publish articles which focus primarily on aggregate student gain at relevant year levels. These stories are interesting, because they show that each school employs teaching strategies that are tailored for the particular student cohort. The best way to understand how your child is performing, their strengths and learning opportunities, and more particularly, the strategies that your child’s school is employing to improve performance, is to speak with your child’s school.

6. Information for media

Under s.42 of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth), there is an exception to copyright infringement for fair dealing for the purpose of reporting the news. For more information, see section 42 of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (PDF 521 kb).

This exception would enable the media to create and publish excerpts of these tests for reporting the news, providing that this use falls within the fair dealing exception. What is fair dealing is determined on a case-by-case basis. However, the dealing must ultimately be ‘fair’ and this will depend in part on how much of the tests are published. As this involves a legal assessment, ACARA assumes that the media will obtain their own legal advice, prior to publishing any part of these tests.