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From Tuesday, 15 May to Thursday, 17 May 2018 inclusive, all Year 7 & 9 students along with students in Years 3 and 5 across Australia are required to participate in the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN).

Students on these days will be assessed through five assessment tasks in the areas of Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation) and Numeracy (Calculator and Non-Calculator). 

In accordance with Section 8.6.9 of the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy Handbook for Principals, students may only take the following items into the test area during the testing period.

·                     2B or HB Pencils

·                     Pens (blue or black)

·                     Pencil Sharpener

·                     Eraser

·                     Calculator

All eligible Year 7 & 9 students at Benowa SHS must sit for the tests unless they are exempt or withdrawn by parents/carers.  A letter was sent home with these forms last term.  Students may qualify for an exemption because of:

  1.                    Their lack of proficiency in the English language;
  2.                    Significant intellectual and/or functional disability;
  3.                   If the parents/carers believe the test is in conflict with their religious                beliefs or there is a philosophical objection to completing the test.

Parents/carers wishing to apply for an exemption must complete the Application for test exemption form in accordance with point 1 or 2 above, or the Notice of parent withdrawal form (attached) for point 3.  These forms can be obtained from the school administration office and must be returned to the school office no later than Monday, 14 May 2018.


 The complete list of official test dates is provided below: 

​Date ​Test Type ​Duration
​Tuesday, 15 May ​Language Conventions Test
Writing Test
​45 minutes
40 minutes
​Wednesday, 16 May ​Reading Test ​65 minutes
​Thursday, 17 May ​Numeracy Test
(calculator required)
​60 minutes
​Friday, 18 May ​catch-up tests

For more information on NAPALN please go to

If you have any queries regarding exemption or withdrawal, please do not hesitate to contact me on 07 5582 7333.​