The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assessments happen every year.

Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 are tested on the fundamental literacy and numeracy skills that every child needs to succeed in school and beyond. NAPLAN is a national, consistent measure to determine whether or not students are meeting important educational outcomes.

For the most recent information about NAPLAN, including upcoming tests and resources for parents, students and schools, visit the NAP website.

ACARA believes the best preparation for NAPLAN is instruction in the literacy and numeracy content in the Australian Curriculum. We do not encourage excessive drilling or cramming.

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:

  • Encourage your child to simply do the best they can on the day.
  • Avoid excessive cramming or coaching in the lead-up to NAPLAN
  • Speak to your child’s teacher if you have questions about how you can help your child prepare for NAPLAN.

If you want to help your child feel comfortable with the kinds of questions in a NAPLAN test, you can access past NAPLAN papers for practice or visit the NAPLAN Online public demonstration site.