Test spaces

There is no standard test space and every school will be different, depending on available facilities and devices. Test spaces may include:

  • The library
  • A computer lab
  • A regular classroom
  • The school hall


Schools will have one week to complete the school readiness test during the test window (14 August – 22 September). Classes and cohorts can be split and rooms can be scheduled accordingly.

Set up

  • The room must have desk space for each student.
  • Students should not be able to see each other’s screens.
  • Sitting students separately is encouraged but not mandatory.
  • Visual teaching materials such as posters should be removed or covered up.
  • Students are provided with scrap paper and pens/pencils.


  • A Test Administrator must supervise students at all times and ensure no prohibited material is brought into the test space.
  • Supervision involves administering the tests, monitoring student conduct, and walking around the room.
  • A Test Administrator will refer to the test administration handbook.

The devices

  • Each device must meet the NAPLAN Online technical and NAP locked-down browser requirements.
  • These requirements can be found on the NAP website.
  • Devices must be charged and switched on before students enter the room.

Device availability

  • The test space may already have devices in it, or you may need to move portable devices to the space (laptops, tablets and/or iPads).
  • There should be one device on a desk for each student in a test session, plus a device for the Test Administrator.
  • Schools will need to ensure sufficient headphones/earphones are available for students to complete the spelling component of the test.

Internet connectivity

  • Each device must have reliable internet connection.
  • Schools may be aware of which rooms have the best internet connectivity and are best suited to act as a test space.
  • The NESA helpdesk will be the central support during the readiness test. You can contact the helpdesk on 1300 119 556.
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