Readiness activities

NAPLAN Online 2021 transition readiness

Preparation activities for NSW schools include participation in:

  • training
  • a school readiness test between 17 August and 27 November 2020

  • a practice test during March/April 2021 (including a Coordinated practice test)

NAPLAN Online 2021 Test Window

To view the ACARA NAPLAN Online 2021 test window infographic go here.


Training to support transitioning schools includes eLearning modules and Adobe Connect training sessions, delivered by NAPLAN Online training facilitators.

Training information, including a training schedule with dates, locations and booking instructions is available on the NAPLAN Online training webpage.

School readiness test

The school readiness test is for schools transitioning to NAPLAN Online in 2021 and is designed to check a school's readiness to conduct NAPLAN Online. The school readiness test will be available for schools to schedule at their convenience between 17 August and 27 November 2020.

The readiness test consists of two 40 minute assessments: an omnibus test with reading, conventions of language and numeracy items, and a writing task. Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 participate in the school readiness test. Year 3 students do not participate in the writing assessment.

School readiness test participation

Schools select their participation week within the readiness test window.

Details about the SRT test structure and participation requirements are available on the NESA website.

Practice test

All schools transitioning to NAPLAN Online in 2021 will participate in a practice test from 22 March to 1 April 2021 (including a coordinated practice test on 25 March 2021). The practice test will require the participation of the entire school cohort of NAPLAN year students, completing an omnibus test and a writing test (Years 5, 7 and 9 only).

NESA will provide more information about preparation activities to all schools.

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