The tests

NAPLAN is not a test of content. Instead, it tests skills in literacy and numeracy that are developed over time through the school curriculum. Excessive test preparation using previous tests is not useful.

NAPLAN tests identify whether all students have the literacy and numeracy skills that provide the critical foundation for their learning, and for their productive and rewarding participation in the community. Students are assessed using common national tests in reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.

NAPLAN tests broadly reflect aspects of literacy and numeracy common to the curriculum in each state or territory. The types of test formats and questions are chosen so that they are familiar to teachers and students across Australia.

ACARA provides example tests so that teachers and students can get a sense of the ‘look and feel’ of the tests and to understand what types of questions are asked. NAPLAN tests are not tests students can ‘prepare’ for and previous NAPLAN tests are not available on this website. Students should continue developing their literacy and numeracy skills through their school curriculum because the tests contain questions similar to those that are undertaken in regular classroom learning and assessment.

From 2013, practice questions will not be included in any of the Year 7 and 9 tests. Feedback indicates that practice questions for Year 7 and 9 students are unnecessary as these students are already very familiar with the types of questions used in the tests. Practice questions will continue to be included for Year 3 and 5 tests.

Year 3 example NAPLAN tests

Example tests Answers
Year 3 reading - example test (PDF icon 303KB)
Year 3 reading - reading magazine (PDF icon 1.74MB)
Year 3 reading - answers (PDF icon 66KB)
Year 3 language conventions - example test (PDF icon 249KB) Year 3 language conventions - answers (PDF icon 68KB)
Year 3 numeracy - example test (PDF icon 1.52MB) Year 3 numeracy - answers (PDF icon 63KB)
Example NAPLAN writing prompts: City or country (PDF icon 1.47MB), The Box (PDF icon 960KB).
See also information about assessing the writing task.
Note: the writing topic assigned to Years 3 and 5 will differ from the topic assigned to Years 7 and 9. However, the genre (narrative or persuasive) for all years will be the same and all students will be required to produce the same type of writing.

Year 5 example NAPLAN tests

Example tests Answers
Year 5 reading - example test (PDF icon 269KB)
Year 5 reading - reading magazine (PDF icon 4.3MB)
Year 5 reading - answers (PDF icon 90KB)
Year 5 language conventions - example test (PDF icon 365KB) Year 5 language conventions - answers (PDF icon 67KB)
Year 5 numeracy - example test (PDF icon 240KB) Year 5 numeracy - answers (PDF icon 64KB)
Example NAPLAN writing prompts: City or country (PDF icon 1.47MB), The Box (PDF icon 960KB).
See also information about assessing the writing task.
Note: the writing topic assigned to Years 3 and 5 will differ from the topic assigned to Years 7 and 9. However, the genre (narrative or persuasive) for all years will be the same and all students will be required to produce the same type of writing.

Year 7 example NAPLAN tests

Example tests Answers
Year 7 reading - example test (PDF icon 150KB)
Year 7 reading - reading magazine (PDF icon 4.61MB)
Year 7 reading - answers (PDF icon 85KB)
Year 7 language conventions - example test (PDF icon 144KB) Year 7 language conventions - answers (PDF icon 70KB)
Year 7 numeracy - example test (calculator allowed) (PDF icon 1.68MB)
Year 7 numeracy - example test (non-calculator) (PDF icon 1.01MB)
Year 7 numeracy - answers (calculator allowed) (PDF icon 139KB)
Year 7 numeracy - answers (non-calculator) (PDF icon 63KB)
Example NAPLAN writing prompts: City or country (PDF icon 1.47MB), The Box (PDF icon 960KB).
See also information about assessing the writing task.
Note: the writing topic assigned to Years 7 and 9 will differ from the topic assigned to Years 3 and 5. However, the genre (narrative or persuasive) for all years will be the same and all students will be required to produce the same type of writing.

Year 9 example NAPLAN tests

Example tests Answers
Year 9 reading - example test (PDF icon 125KB)
Year 9 reading - reading magazine (PDF icon 808KB)
Year 9 reading - answers (PDF icon 66KB)
Year 9 language conventions - example test (PDF icon 106KB) Year 9 language conventions - answers (PDF icon 70KB)
Year 9 numeracy - example test (calculator allowed) (PDF icon 1.17MB)
Year 9 numeracy - example test (non-calculator) (PDF icon 890KB)
Year 9 numeracy - answers (calculator allowed) (PDF icon 1.39MB)
Year 9 numeracy - answers (non-calculator) (PDF icon 1.39MB)
Example NAPLAN writing prompts: City or country (PDF icon 1.47MB), The Box (PDF icon 960KB).
See also information about assessing the writing task.
Note: the writing topic assigned to Years 7 and 9 will differ from the topic assigned to Years 3 and 5. However, the genre (narrative or persuasive) for all years will be the same and all students will be required to produce the same type of writing.