From 2017 schools will commence the transition to NAPLAN online.

ACARA’s National Assessment Program website contains an array of useful resources that support schools in this transition, as does the assessment platform 

School Readiness Test (SRT)

A school readiness test will be held from 21 August - 1 September this year, to help schools prepare for the transition to NAPLAN Online. 

Apart from the school readiness test, all schools, students and teachers can familiarise themselves with NAPLAN Online and the types of technology enhanced questions to be included, by using the public demonstration site available at the website  .  

Further information about NAPLAN Online including frequently asked questions and answers are available at

SRT User Guides

The SRT user guides are available from

Expanded Test Window

The test window for NAPLAN online in 2017 will be nine days (though schools may choose to complete testing sooner if sufficient devices are available). This expanded test window allows schools more flexibility in scheduling and accommodates schools which have fewer devices than students. At the school’s discretion, multiple sessions may be held each day. 

NAPLAN online tests will need to be taken in a specific order. This will increase security of the writing prompt and is required for some test linkages. Students must complete the reading test before accessing the conventions of language test, so that the results of the reading test can be used to determine the level of difficulty of the conventions of language test items (tailored test design). The document below shows the sequence and timing of NAPLAN online tests.

Sequence and timing of NAPLAN online tests

2017 Materials

  1. All participating NAPLAN online schools will still be sent a full set of paper NAPLAN tests, via the usual delivery processes.  These materials will be used as contingency materials in the event that any school is required to revert back to paper tests. Upon arrival they are to be checked and then locked away securely. 
  2. It is also critical that students who require special print orders to accommodate learning adjustments receive contingency materials. Forms to order these materials can be accessed on the NAPLAN section of the AISSA website, under NAPLAN Administration Documents 

The due date for the ordering of these materials is Wednesday 22 March. 

In December 2016, the Education Council agreed that nationally, year 3 writing would be undertaken using a paper test. Students in years 5, 7 and 9 will complete the writing test online. Schools will be sent a second package of materials containing the year 3 writing materials only.  It is this set of materials that is to be used by Year 3 students.

Overview - NAPLAN online materials

Key Resources and Handbooks

Key resources and handbooks are available on the website.

Session Planner

The 2017 session planner allows schools to check ICT technical requirements and schedule the test sessions over the 9-day testing window.  This is the preferred tool for schools to use in 2017.

 NAPLAN Online Session Planner June 2017.xlsm

Parent and Community Communications

Communicating with your school community is an important readiness activity prior to NAPLAN Online. Updating parents and caregivers about how privacy obligations are being met is also a critical activity.  

Sample letter to parents

Privacy collection notice

ACARA Information for Parents and Caregivers 

Public demonstration site

Students, teachers and parents now have the opportunity to take demonstration tests using the national online assessment platform. The demonstration tests are mini-tests that contain example questions to allow everyone to become familiar with the various types of technology-enhanced features NAPLAN Online uses. The main purpose of the demonstration tests is to familiarise students, teachers and parents with NAPLAN Online item types and functionalities. 

Although each mini-test will consist of questions similar to the NAPLAN Online 2017 tests, they do not reflect the full functionality of the national online assessment platform, as this is being refined and improved in preparation for the move to online assessment from May 2017.