NAPLAN test window

The NAPLAN test window is 9 days.

Students who are absent when their class participates in the tests can sit catch-up tests later in the test window.

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 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.


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.

The Online National Assessment Platform has a capacity planning tool to help schools plan resources such as devices needed and bandwidth allocation rooms.

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