NAPLAN Online tests include a range of question formats and interactive features. Students answer questions by clicking, typing and dragging; some questions include audio or interactive tools; all questions can be reviewed and answered, or flagged and returned to later. All questions can be interacted with via keyboard shortcuts.
Headphones are required for some questions that include sound in the spelling, writing and numeracy tests.
The conventions of language tests contain spelling questions that include audio dictation. Students with disability who cannot hear the audio can be provided with alternative questions without audio dictation.
An audio file is attached to the writing prompt as well as to each numeracy question so that the literacy demands of the questions do not prevent accessing the test. Students can access the audio support without teachers’ help.
A timer on the screen shows the time allocated for NAPLAN tests under normal test conditions. Students can choose to display or hide the timer, but the timer will always display during the last five minutes of the actual test so that students have adequate warning that the time allowed is ending.
Some numeracy questions include access to online tools (ruler, protractor or calculator). When a ruler, protractor or calculator is allowed to be used, an appropriate icon appears in the top right-hand corner of the test screen. To use these tools, a student needs to click on the appropriate icon. Once active, the tool can be moved around the screen. Clicking the icon again will minimise the tool.
Questions at the beginning of the Year 7 and Year 9 numeracy tests do not allow the use of the calculator. Students are alerted once they reach the point in the test where the calculator becomes active. Once the calculator becomes active, students cannot go back to questions that do not allow use of the calculator.
A magnifying glass icon, or zoom tool, appears in the top left-hand corner of the test screen. The zoom tool increases the size of the question on the screen. To enlarge the view to 150, 200 or 300 per cent, students need to click on the zoom tool. Clicking 100 per cent will return the view to original size. Students may need to use the scroll bar as a result of increasing the zoom.
The tests are designed in sections. A student’s answers to one section of the test will determine the next section to appear on the student’s screen, so it is important for students to check their answers at the end of each section. At the end of a test section, a notification screen reminds students to check their answers before proceeding to the next section. To navigate back, students need to click back or use the progress summary screen.
The progress summary screen is activated by clicking the grid icon at the top of the test, beside the question number. The grid icon displays questions that have been answered, unanswered, unread or flagged, which allows students to view their progress in the test. Clicking the grid icon again returns a student to their place in the test.
To mark a question to return to it later, select the flag function at the bottom of the test.
Public demonstration site tests
In advance of taking NAPLAN online, students are encouraged to explore the public demonstration site tests for their year level in order to familiarise themselves with the different item types as well as the features of the test player.