Key dates


Year Period Details
2017 9–11 May NAPLAN paper tests (All schools undertook NAPLAN as paper-based tests in 2017. The transition to NAPLAN Online commences in 2018.)
2018 15–17 May NAPLAN paper test period. See paper test timetable by domain
2018 15–25 May* NAPLAN Online test window
2019 14–16 May NAPLAN paper test period           
2019 To be determined       NAPLAN Online test window


*To assist schools in ensuring they have a sufficient number of devices, the test window for NAPLAN Online is extended from three to nine days to allow flexibility for tests to be staggered. Your school may also participate in readiness events for NAPLAN Online. For more information about these events, please contact your test administration authority.


NAP sample

Year Period Details 
2017 16 October – 3 November NAP – ICT Literacy sample assessments
2018 15 October – 2 November NAP – Science Literacy sample assessments
2019 To be determined NAP – Civics and Citizenship sample assessments



Small scale tests

Schools may also be randomly selected to participate in NAPLAN item trial testing (from early to mid-August) or equating testing (1 to 4 weeks prior to NAPLAN test period). The selected schools are required to participate in these activities. For more information, download the fact sheet on small scale tests (PDF icon 447 KB).