School support

Every three years, samples of Year 6 and Year 10 students across Australia are tested in either science literacy, civics and citizenship, or information and communications technology (ICT) literacy. If a class at your school is selected to participate in these sample assessments, support and clear guidance will be provided to ensure that consistent administration of the assessments takes place and all relevant school staff understand their responsibilities.

In 2019, civics and citizenship were assessed.

For upcoming dates of the NAP sample assessments, see Key dates.

Assessment package

Assessment contractors manage the administration of the NAP sample assessments. The contractors supply each school involved in the NAP sample assessments with a comprehensive assessment package containing all the information and materials necessary to administer the sample assessment. Within these guidelines and in line with the National sample assessment protocols, it is the responsibility of each school to administer the NAP sample assessments to students, unless the contractors provide trained assessment administrators.

Assessment administrator’s manual

ACARA encourages maximum participation by students in classes that are selected to participate in the sample assessment. If selected to participate in the NAP sample assessments, each school is provided with an assessment administrator’s manual for each assessment, which clearly outlines how to monitor and record students’ participation in the tests. The assessment administrator’s primary responsibility is to administer the NAP sample assessment to the selected class. Typically this administrator will be the regular teacher of each selected class (although a trained outside administrator conducts the NAP – ICT literacy test). The administrator’s manual contains guidelines and protocols for administrating the NAP sample assessment. This includes a script to read to commence each test.

School contact officer

Each school participating in the NAP sample assessments must nominate a school contact officer (SCO) who is typically the school principal or his/her delegate. If a school is being considered for inclusion in a NAP sample assessment, the SCO can expect to be contacted by the relevant departmental/organisational representative and contractor, allowing enough time for the necessary logistical preparations to be made at the school. The SCO will coordinate activities within the school, such as scheduling the assessment session, notifying teachers and students of the assessment and liaising with parents. The SCO for each school is provided with a school contact officer's manual.  

School release materials

School release materials are available to schools following each sample assessment. The information and assessment materials in these documents have been designed to assist teachers to administer their own assessment and gauge their own students’ proficiency in the relevant area. By replicating components of the sample assessments, teachers may be able to judge their students’ proficiency in relation to the proficiency levels for each domain. It is anticipated that teachers will be able to reflect on this information to enhance teaching and monitoring programs in our schools.

The school release materials, developed between 2003 and 2012, provide teachers with: a guide for administering the test, a printable test booklet, a marking guide and a table to convert student scores into levels on the NAP–SL scale. 

From 2018, the online demonstration test website is available. This website is used to familiarise students, teachers and parents with online items (questions). The test includes a selection of questions covering the range of science literacy strands, but it does not reflect all components of the test itself.

Science literacy

Civics and citizenship 

ICT literacy 

Information brochures for principals and teachers: