Frequently asked questions on the public demonstration site tests

What is the purpose of the public demonstration site?

The site provides an opportunity for students, teachers, parents and the broader community to become familiar with the various types of technology-enhanced features NAPLAN Online allows; for example, navigating through the test and using interactions such as drag and drop within questions.

These mini-tests are for demonstration purposes only and the site will not record or store responses or generate assessment reports.

How are the demonstration tests different from the actual NAPLAN tests?

The questions presented cover just a sample of possible items and so do not reflect the range of curriculum content or skills that the NAPLAN Online 2017 tests will cover.

The example writing test is the same for all year levels and is intended only to allow users to become familiar with the functionality of the writing screen. The actual NAPLAN 2017 online writing test will have separate, year-level appropriate tasks for Years 3 and 5 as well as Years 7 and 9.

The public demonstration site will not record or store responses or generate assessment reports and does not reflect the actual testing conditions. Also, in the May 2017 test students will be allowed to use a pencil and paper for working-out solutions to questions. There will be an optional audio file attached to Numeracy questions so that the literacy demands of the questions will not prevent access to the test. This will replace the need for teachers to read questions to students, as is the case for the paper-based Numeracy test.

Before the NAPLAN tests, students will receive detailed instructions on using the online tools and features to ensure they are familiar and at ease with their use. That is a key purpose of these demonstration tests.

Will the public demonstration site generate a score or report?

The questions used on this site are for familiarisation purposes only and the site will not record or store responses or generate assessment reports. It will also not provide answers as consistent with the actual NAPLAN test. The system will generate an anonymous login code for you. You will access the test with system-generated, anonymous login codes. The site provides example questions only and does not reflect all the actual testing conditions.

Can these tests be used to practise for NAPLAN?

The site is for demonstration purposes only. It provides an opportunity for students, teachers, parents and the broader community to become familiar with the various types of technology- enhanced questions NAPLAN Online allows; for example, navigating through the test and using interactions such as drag and drop within questions.

What types of questions are there?

There are a range of different question formats and interactive features in the online format including multiple choice, hot text, drag and drop, and audio dictation. Try a test for each of the different areas (domains) or find more detail about each question type and how it works in the public demonstration site user-guide.

Will I need special software or a particular device to try some of the tests?

The public demonstration site tests work with many devices and browsers, but not all. To find out if your computer, laptop or tablet has the minimum technical requirements to access the mini-tests check the browser requirements.

Will I need headphones for any of the questions?

Some questions in the mini-tests require sound. You may wish to use headphones. Headphones will be required for the actual NAPLAN Online 2017 tests for the following areas (domains):

  • Conventions of language
  • Writing
  • Numeracy

 

Will the demonstration test be timed?

The demonstration site contains a timer which will show the time allocated for NAPLAN tests under real test conditions. It is included for demonstration purposes only and does not indicate allocated time for the demonstration site mini-tests. You can choose to display or hide the timer but the timer will always be locked to display in the last five minutes of the actual test.

Will we need a calculator or other measuring tools to answer the numeracy questions?

Some numeracy questions provide an online ruler, protractor or a calculator. When the ruler, protractor or calculator are available, icons will appear in the top right hand corner of the test. To use these tools, select them by clicking on the appropriate icon. Once selected the ruler and calculator can be moved around by dragging. Selecting the icon again will close the function. The icons for these tools will remain available through an entire section even for those questions in the section where they are not required, but you can minimise the tool by clicking on the icon.

Before the NAPLAN tests, students will receive detailed instructions on using the online tools and features to ensure they are familiar and at ease with their use. That is a key purpose of these demonstration tests.

How do I enlarge the view of the test?

In the top left corner of the test you will see a magnifying glass icon. Select this icon to enlarge the view. The ‘Zoom’ or magnifying glass icon makes the screen go bigger or smaller. Click on the Zoom to choose an option of 150, 200 or 300%. Click on the same option to turn it off. When you move questions the Zoom will reset to 100%. You may need to use the scroll bar as a result of changing the magnification.

Will I be able to leave questions unanswered and return to them later?

The flag function at the bottom of the test allows students to mark a question so they can return to it later. A progress summary screen is available, which allows students to view their progress in the test by displaying if questions have been answered, not answered, not read or flagged. The progress summary screen is accessed by clicking a grid icon at the top of the page near the question number. Clicking the grid summary icon again will return you to your place in the test.

The tests are designed in sections. In NAPLAN, your answers to one section of the test will determine the next section you see, so it is important to check your answers at the end of each section. At the end of a test section, you will see a notification screen that will remind you to check your answers before proceeding to the next section. You can click Back, or use the progress summary screen.

The Numeracy tests for Years 7 and 9 start with a section in which the calculator tool is not available. Once you have finished this section, you will not be able to change your answers. This is so that you will not be able to use the calculator to answer non-calculator questions. In NAPLAN, you will not even be able to return to these questions; in the demonstration tests, you can return, but your answers cannot be changed. At the end of the non-calculator section, this will be explained on a notification screen. Check your answers carefully. You can click Back, or use the progress summary screen.

Can I check how I am progressing through the test?

You can check where you are using the progress summary screen, by clicking the grid icon at the top of test, beside the question number. It allows students to view their progress in the test by displaying if questions have been answered, not answered, not read or flagged. By clicking the grid icon again, you will return to your place in the test.