NAPLAN test window

The NAPLAN test window is 9 days.

Schools may schedule catch-up tests later in the test window for students who are absent when their class participates in the tests.

If schools have any questions when planning a test schedule specific to their needs, they should contact the relevant state/territory test administration authority.

Schools are able to use the 9-day test window to schedule tests, noting the test sequence in the table below and the following:

  • Tests must be scheduled as soon as possible within the test window, prioritising scheduling in the morning over the afternoon.

  • If students do more than one test in a given day, they must be given a break of at least 20 minutes between test sessions.

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Scheduling requirements


Test description


Year 3 students do a paper-based writing test (on day 1 only). It is recommended that Year 3 writing tests be completed by all classes at the same time in the morning.

Years 5, 7 and 9 writing must be scheduled on day 1, with day 2 only used where there are technical or logistical limitations.

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).


To be completed after the writing 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.


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.


Technical requirements

For more information on technical readiness and device requirements, visit Technical requirements

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