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 was assessed. 

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

All NAP Sample assessments are now conducted online only. The tests involve a range of item (question) types – these include, but are not limited to extended text, multiple choice, multiple choices, drag and drop, hot-spot, and in-line selection. If you would like to look at paper-based representative NAP Sample assessments from previous cycles, or take an online demonstration test, please see the School release materials section of the Tests page on this site here.

Information brochures for principals and teachers: