Getting ready for NAPLAN online

For Australian parents, the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) period of their children’s lives can be mildly anxiety-inducing. However, it doesn’t need to be. With a bit of preparation and practice, students will stroll out the examination door with a smile – and the grins will be even bigger when the results come in. Here’s how to make that happen.

What is NAPLAN online?

The NAPLAN test can be delivered online or in a paper-based format. It is designed to evaluate students’ reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. 

The online test is adaptive – meaning that as students progress they’ll be given questions better suited to their individual abilities. A child who may be struggling during the assessment will be given questions that better reflect their achievement. This builds their confidence by allowing them to show what they know – not just what they don’t know. 

Similarly, high achieving students will be given more challenging questions so they can show the extent of their literacy and numeracy skills. Because of this tailored test design, NAPLAN’s online test provides precise results and gives a lot more insight into a child’s achievement.

Why study for NAPLAN?

Even if students are high achievers at school, it’s helpful for them to become familiar with the way the test works. Many of the questions are multiple choice, while some require students to work out equations or to write short samples of text. Answering mock questions online, as well as practising the literacy and numeracy skills to be tested, will together create good results.

Why use Education Perfect for NAPLAN prep?

To prepare for NAPLAN, students should become familiar with the types of questions and the testing format. This is often an element of NAPLAN that trips students up.

As an online learning platform with a wide range of teacher-designed resources to help students improve their literacy and numeracy skills, Education Perfect is a good source of NAPLAN prep material and practice tests. Here are a few of the main benefits of using the platform:

  • Individualised: Education Perfect adapts to each student’s level of ability, providing them with targeted learning resources and feedback.
  • It’s fun: With gamified elements, students will want to keep trying to beat their scores.
  • Accessible: Students can log on to Education Perfect from any device with an internet connection, and teachers can monitor their progress and provide feedback.

Getting some practice with online sample tests

Education Perfect is an excellent resource for finding NAPLAN online practice material. It provides a wide variety of test questions and formats for students to practise with. These are not past papers, but are created instead to be very similar to the actual tests, allowing students to familiarise themselves with the way the tests are set out and the content within them.

Encourage your child to practise regularly with the tests to build their confidence and improve their skills. Online tools are helpful for monitoring their progress and identifying areas where they may need more support. Parents may also wish to set up exam conditions at home in a quiet space to give the full NAPLAN experience for their children. This may help them to become accustomed with the atmosphere on testing day.