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, 2020 with the intention that the assessments are completed in the first half of term (3 February to 6 March in 2020) 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?

Please email

Adobe Connect Information sessions

Best Start Year 7 Adobe Connect recorded sessions provide schools with more information about Best Start Year 7 and aim to help inform a school's choice of opting in to Best Start Year 7 in 2020.

A link to the recording of the Adobe Connect sessions (staff only) is now available.

Professional Learning

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

Professional Learning New Schools Continuing Schools*3

Full-day, face-to face workshop across NSW in Term 4



eLearning 1 - preparing for the assessment
90 minutes, online from Term 4



eLearning 2 - accessing and analysing assessment feedback
90 minutes, online from Term 1



Access, Analyse, Action
Full-day, face-to face workshop across NSW in Term 1



Strengthening Practice in Continuing Schools
Full-day, face-to face workshop across NSW in Term 1



*1 Up to 2 staff members per school - additional places subject to availability
All staff involved in administering the assessment should complete eLearning
*3 Continuing schools may also wish to complete Preparation workshop, Access, Analyse, Action and eLearning 2 again - see professional learning pages for full details.

All professional learning opportunities are also listed on the Literacy and Numeracy professional learning website.


For further information about the Best Start Year 7 assessment, visit the frequently asked questions webpage or contact the Best Start Year 7 team via email

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