NAPLAN Online and NAPLAN Paper tests are conducted in the second full week of May, every year. The NAPLAN Online testing window is open for an additional week.

Due to Covid-19, the Education Council decided that NAPLAN assessment would not proceed in 2020. NAPLAN will recommence in 2021.

The National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assesses all Australian students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. NAPLAN is made up of four test areas (or “domains”):

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Conventions of Language (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation)
  • Numeracy

The NAPLAN tests are intended to provide information to parents about the literacy and numeracy achievements of their children, and inform teaching and learning to improve student outcomes.

Participation by schools nationally in NAPLAN is required under the Schools Assistance Act.

NAPLAN provides the following benefits:

  • 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.

Results and Reports
Individual student results are made available to families and schools via an individual student report. If your child participated in the NAPLAN test, this report will indicate how your child has performed in relation to other students in the same year group, and against the national average and the national minimum standards.

Information around school performance is published in summary and national reports as well as being available on the MySchool website.

For further information about NAPLAN visit the National Assessment Program website or see the Frequently Asked Questions page.


All schools across Australia are continuing to transition to the NAPLAN online assessment. This means moving NAPLAN from the current paper-based tests to computer-based assessments. The same four test domains will be able to be completed on a range of devices, including laptops and tablets. NAPLAN online is being developed to cater to all schools, including a high bandwidth solution for schools with ample internet connection, a low bandwidth solution for those who have a less reliable internet connection, and a single device solution for schools who have no internet access.

A key feature of NAPLAN Online is the adaptive test. As each student progresses through the test they will get questions that are more suited to their ability. The Online platform is designed to provide a better assessment, more precise evaluation of individual students, and a faster turnaround of results.

Significant planning, development research and trials are occurring to ensure that all Northern Territory schools can successfully transition to the online testing system.

Further information around the research and development of NAPLAN Online can be found on the NAPLAN website.

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.

If you are a school looking for information and resources, please log in to eLearn.

For more information you can visit the ACARA website.

Last updated: 01 March 2021

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