Literacy and numeracy assessments you can expect in primary school.


Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 in Australian schools sit the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN).

NAPLAN is held in March and involves 4 different tests:

  • language conventions (spelling, punctuation and grammar)

  • writing

  • reading

  • numeracy.

They are not English or mathematics tests. Rather, NAPLAN assesses students’ general literacy and numeracy skills, which are required in all subject areas. Texts used in NAPLAN come from a variety of key learning areas.

Students with disability or additional learning and support needs may qualify for disability adjustments. Contact your school to discuss further.

Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

In NSW Department schools, Year 1 students take the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check in August. This is a brief assessment that helps teachers understand how well your child is doing with phonics.

Phonics is crucial for children who are learning to read. This check assesses how your child reads words with various letter combinations. Its purpose is to provide teachers with information to plan for your child's learning.

If you want to know more about the check, please contact your child's school.

Other tests and exams

Find out more about other test and assessments in NSW public schools.


  • DoE


  • Primary school

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