Best Start Year 7

Best Start Year 7 is an online literacy and numeracy assessment package available to secondary schools.

What is Best Start Year 7?

Best Start Year 7 addresses a key element in the NSW Government's Literacy and Numeracy Strategy 2017 - 2020 and is mapped to the NSW Syllabuses and National Literacy and Numeracy Progressions.

Best Start Year 7 helps with identifying students who may require additional support in the development of key literacy and numeracy skills that are fundamental to their success in all subjects in secondary school. Feedback from the assessment also provides secondary teachers with information to support targeted teaching strategies that meet the learning needs of their students.

Schools may choose to use the Best Start Year 7 online assessment to supplement existing Year 6 to 7 transition practices.

Best Start Year 7 will be available to NSW secondary schools in Term 1 with the intention that the assessments are completed in the first half of term by students in participating schools.

The Best Start Year 7 assessment includes two online assessments:

  • literacy assessment
  • numeracy assessment

Each assessment is designed to be quick to administer, consisting of 30 multiple choice questions.

Feedback from the Best Start Year 7 assessment will be available to teachers soon after a school's completion of the assessments.

How can schools opt in?

Opt in for 2021 will be available late Term 3, 2020

Professional Learning

Schools that participate in Best Start Year 7 have access to professional learning and support to help prepare and administer the assessments and access post assessment feedback.

More information


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