The 2019 NAPLAN test period will be conducted from:

Paper testing - 14-16 May
Online testing - 14-24 May.

The National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assesses all Australian students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 in reading, writing, numeracy and language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation).

The NAPLAN tests are intended to provide information to parents about the literacy and numeracy achievements of their children, and be used by teachers to support and inform their judgement about how to assist students to improve their learning outcomes.

How does it benefit:
-  Students and parents: tracks student progress and compares performance against national peers.
-  Teachers: identifies students needing support or enrichment.
-  Schools: maps student progress and identifies strengths and weaknesses in teaching programs and goals.
-  School systems and governments: provides valuable data to support high quality teaching and learning; and drives school improvement.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the 2019 NAPLAN test period?

The 2019 NAPLAN test period will be conducted from:

Paper testing - 14-16 May
Online testing - 14-24 May.

Please check with your school if you would like to be informed which mode of testing your child will be completing.

Results of the tests for the National Assessment Program are reported a number of different ways; these include public reports, individual student reports, and reporting on the My School website.
It is important to note that the tests involved in the NAPLAN are not pass/fail tests.

What is NAPLAN?
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It has been an everyday part of the school calendar since 2008.

Why is it important for students?
NAPLAN tests skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, including reading, writing, spelling and numeracy.

It is one tool teachers use to identify areas of student strengths and areas for improvement and to work with that student and their family by providing further teaching in the relevant area.

How can parents prepare their children for NAPLAN?
NAPLAN assesses literacy and numeracy skills that students have already been learning through the school curriculum.

The best way you can help your child prepare for NAPLAN is to reassure your child that NAPLAN tests are just one part of their school program. Teachers will ensure students are familiar with the test formats and will provide appropriate support and guidance.

Why is it important for schools and teachers?
Schools and teachers benefit from NAPLAN as it enables them to identify areas within their teaching and learning programs that may require more focus or a change of tactic in the delivery of that particular part of the curriculum.

NAPLAN tests are one aspect of a school’s assessment and reporting process; they do not replace the extensive ongoing assessments made by teachers about each student’s performance.

Where can I find more information?
If you have any questions about your child’s preparation for NAPLAN, you should make a time to speak with child’s teacher.

For more information on NAPLAN including the 2018 schedule, visit or

Go to the National Assessment Program website for national reports.

Go to the My School website for school NAPLAN results.


Currently all schools across Australia will move to an online system for NAPLAN assessment by 2020.

Significant planning, development, research and trials are occurring to ensure that Northern Territory schools are ready to move to an online testing system for NAPLAN.

A move to NAPLAN Online will:

  • provide better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information for parents and teachers;
  • enable tests to better meet the needs of all students, including students with a disability;
  • use ‘tailored testing’ which gives students questions more suited to their ability, resulting in more targeted assessment and precise results; and
  • ensure the precision and improved timing of the results will help teachers tailor their teaching more specifically to student needs.

Go to the ACARA website for more information and FAQs about NAPLAN online.

Watch a short video about NAPLAN online.

A NAPLAN Online demonstration site is available. The site provides an opportunity for students, teachers, parents and the broader community to become familiar with the technology enhanced features of NAPLAN Online.

Last updated: 05 March 2019