While access to computers at home or at school varies, students’ performance during the online test is likely to depend on how familiar they are with the device they are using for the online test, rather than how often they use a computer. Ensuring students are familiar with using devices, typing on them and navigating through programs is a part of a student’s learning and a requirement of the Australian Curriculum.
Schools must ensure that all students are familiar with the functionality of the NAPLAN Online tests and the range of question types in all the tests. For this purpose, schools can use the online public demonstration site or equivalent method as advised by their local test administration authority.
The writing test is not about handwriting skills and NAPLAN Online is not about keyboarding skills. There are variations in how fast and well a student can type, just as there are variations in how fast and well a student can write by hand.