About NAP sample – Science Literacy (NAP–SL)

The National Assessment Program – Science Literacy (NAP–SL) is an online assessment that gives schools, education ministers and the community information on Year 6 and Year 10 students’ science literacy understanding to improve teaching and learning.

Science literacy is essential to students being able to:

  • interpret information on scientific issues
  • ask questions
  • conduct investigations
  • make decisions
  • communicate their findings
  • develop problem solving skills.

The NAP–SL assessment was designed by education experts in science literacy. Students can show their achievement and understanding at a range of levels. The test is an excellent learning opportunity for selected students.

NAP–SL 2023 information

Who is assessed and when?

A representative sample of students from government, catholic and independent schools in metropolitan and rural and remote locations is randomly selected for participation. The field trial validates potential questions (items) for the main study. Sampled schools either take part in the field trial or the main study.

What curriculum content is assessed?
NAP–SL information for parents and carers
NAP–SL information for schools
Demonstration tests
Proficiency levels
Public reports
The NAP–SL public report provides:
  • nationally comparable state and territory de-identified performance data and overall trends for Year 6 and Year 10 students.
  • analysis of the achievement of sub-groups of students, including boys and girls, Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, and students from different geographic locations and language backgrounds.
  • Public and technical reports
Data portal