NAPLAN test timetables

Where possible, schools may arrange for individual students who are absent at the time of testing to complete missed tests at another time during the relevant testing window.  

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NAPLAN Online test window

The NAPLAN Online test window is nine days. Day 1 is a Tuesday and Day 9 is the Friday of the following week.

The writing test must be scheduled within a two-day test window and schools must schedule writing from the first day of the appropriate two-day test window. For Year 5, the writing window is day 1 and 2. For Years 7 and 9, the writing window is day 2 and 3. 

The tests need to be taken in a specific order. Individual students are not permitted to sit the online tests after Day 9.  

Test

Scheduling requirements

Duration

Test description

Writing

Year 3 students do a paper-based writing test (on day 1 only)

Year 5 must start on day 1 (schools must prioritise completion of writing across days 1 and 2 only)

Years 7 and 9 must start on day 2 (schools must prioritise completion of writing across days 2 and 3 only)

Year 3: 40 minutes

Year 5: 42 minutes

Year 7: 42 minutes

Year 9: 42 minutes

Students are provided with a ‘writing stimulus’ (sometimes called a ‘prompt’ – an idea or topic) and asked to write a response in a particular genre (narrative or persuasive writing)

Reading

To ensure online schools are able to complete NAPLAN tests within the nine-day testing window, Years 7 and 9 students can start with reading on day 1; however, writing must start on day 2 as the writing test takes priority over any rescheduled reading tests from
day 1

To be completed before the conventions of language test

Year 3: 45 minutes

Year 5: 50 minutes

Year 7: 65 minutes

Year 9: 65 minutes

Students read a range of informative, imaginative and persuasive texts and then answer related questions

Conventions of language

To be completed after the reading test

Year 3: 45 minutes

Year 5: 45 minutes

Year 7: 45 minutes

Year 9: 45 minutes

This test assesses spelling, grammar and punctuation

Numeracy

To be completed after the conventions of language test

Year 3: 45 minutes

Year 5: 50 minutes

Year 7: 65 minutes

Year 9: 65 minutes

This test assesses number and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability

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NAPLAN paper test window

The NAPLAN paper test window is three days. Students who are absent during the test window can sit catch-up tests on the fourth day.

Year

Day 1 Tuesday

Day 2 Wednesday 

Day 3 Thursday

Year 3

Language conventions: 45 minutes

Writing: 40 minutes

Reading: 45 minutes

Numeracy: 45 minutes

Year 5

Language conventions: 45 minutes

Writing: 40 minutes

Reading: 50 minutes

Numeracy: 50 minutes

Year 7

Language conventions: 45 minutes

Writing: 40 minutes

Reading: 65 minutes

Numeracy: 65 minutes

Year 9

Language conventions: 45 minutes

Writing: 40 minutes

Reading: 65 minutes

Numeracy: 65 minutes

 







 

 

 

 

 

 

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