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.

The 2020 testing dates will be 12 - 22nd May for Online Testing and 12 - 14th May for Paper Testing.

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.


Education ministers across the country have agreed that all NAPLAN testing will move online by 2021. 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 has been developed to work for schools with a high bandwidth internet connection, as well as for schools with low, inconsistent or unreliable internet.

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 Northern Territory schools are ready to move to an online testing system for NAPLAN by 2021.

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 Learning Links.

For more information you can visit the ACARA website.

Last updated: 22 October 2019

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