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Examinations, Tests &
Qualifications

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Every state and territory has a range of tests, major examinations and qualifications. They range from National Testing with NAPLAN, to major examinations in the latter part of secondary education. The latter lead to major qualifications including the award of special certificates.

In addition, individual states carry out testing in areas as diverse as ICT, Early Years Assessment, Diagnostic Testing, School Entry and more. These are detailed below.

This page covers state and territory information. It also provides information on alternate qualifications such as the International Baccalaureate. Other areas include the use of the ATAR.

Study Skills are now found on a separate page.

States & Territory Information

Australian Capital Territory

Examinations & Qualifications

Tests & Reports

  • ACT Student Reporting
    Covers reporting from Kindergarten to Year 10.
  • Early Years Assessment
    Performance Indicators in Primary Schools [PIPS], Purpose of the Assessment, Reporting on PIPS. ‘Assess early reading, phonics and numeracy skills of students in their first year of school.
  • National Assessment Program [NAP]
    Years 3, 5, 7 & 9. Literacy and Numeracy [NAPLAN]; Scientific Literacy [NAP-SL, with a [sample of Year 6]; Civics & Citizenship [NAP-CC, every 3 years with a sample from Years 6 and 10]; ICT Literacy [with a sample from Years 6 and 10]; PISA [every 3 years with a sample of 15 year old students].

New South Wales

Examinations & Qualifications

Tests & Reports

  • Leaving School
    Looks at options at different departure levels and with certain ideas in mind, e.g. university, TAFE.

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Northern Territory

Examinations & Qualifications

Tests & Reports

Queensland

Examinations & Qualifications

  • Overall Positions [OPs]
    ‘OP Fast Facts explains the basics of OPs and answers some commonly asked questions’.
  • Queensland Certificate of Education
    ‘Queensland’s senior school qualification. Awarded to eligible students usually at the end of Year ’.
  • Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement
    ‘Recognises the schooling achievements of students who have impairments or difficulties in learning’.
  • Senior External Examination
    ‘For Year 12 students unable to access particular subjects at their school; adult students [people of any age not enrolled at a Queensland secondary school] to meet tertiary entrance or employment requirements [or] for personal interest’.
  • Tertiary Entrance Statement
    QCAA ranks eligible Year 12 students for tertiary selection and issues Tertiary Entrance Statements’. Queensland is the only state not using the ATAR process.

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South Australia

Examinations & Qualifications

Tests & Reports

Tasmania

Examinations & Qualifications

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Victoria

Examinations & Qualifications

Tests & Reports

Western Australia

Examinations & Qualifications

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Other Information

Alternate Qualifications

Of alternate qualifications, the International Baccalaureate is the most common. A few schools run the Advanced Placement Program. The following provide basic information about both.

International Baccalaureate

  • For information on the International Baccalaureate, visit the Assessment Page.

AP Program

  • Advanced Placement Program
    ‘Offers college level courses at high schools [across the United States and Canada]. According to Good Schools Guide International, it is “usually much more rigorous than the general course offerings”’. Wikipedia.
  • College Board, AP Central
    Sections for students, parents and professionals. AP courses and exams, Pre-AP, K-12 Services, testing, research, more.

General Sites

  • ACERTesting
    Multi-level tests available from ACER. Pages covering university, scholarship, VET, other tests.
  • Helping Children Succeed at School
    Should be mandatory reading for new and prospective parents. Multiple sections.
    Recommended !
  • Helping Your Child Series
    US Department of Education, “How To …” guides. Full booklets or brochure versions.
  • Leaving School in Australia
    ‘Summarises the types of subjects, courses and various methods of assessing and reporting student achievement in each of the eight public education systems in Australia as well as in the New Zealand system. It also describes the certificates and other records of achievement issued to students when they complete their senior secondary education’.

National Programs and Procedures

  • Australian Tertiary Admission Rank
    ‘A number [not a mark] that indicates a student’s position in relation to their Year 7 cohort, including students who did not complete Year 12. The ATAR is calculated solely for use by institutions, either on its own or in conjunction with other selection criteria’. Get the ATAR FAQs document here. Multiple sections and documents. This is from UAC in NSW.
  • National Assessment Program
    Video, FAQs, sample reports, scales, other documents. Covers multiple tests e.g., NAPLAN, Science Literacy, ICT Literacy.
  • National Assessment Program : Science Literacy

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