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NAPLAN Online will deliver numerous benefits including:

  • upon completion of the online transition, reduced time between testing and reporting, increasing the ability of teachers to use the results to inform teaching practice;
  • 'tailored test' design that adapts to correct and incorrect student responses providing a more precise understanding of student ability;
  • innovative use of technology, including a more engaging test design and a wider range of item types;
  • the extension of the 'test window' to two weeks, allowing schools greater flexibility to schedule the tests at times that suit them best and increasing student participation.

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has responsibility for the central management of NAPLAN and is leading the transition nationally.

The VCAA will facilitate the transition in Victoria, in collaboration with the Government, Catholic and Independent school sectors.

In order to undertake NAPLAN Online, schools will need an appropriate number of suitable devices for students and a network infrastructure in place to support them. A wide range of computing devices will be supported, including laptops and tablets.

Students will sit the Reading, Writing, Conventions of Language and Numeracy tests via the online platform, except for year 3 students who will continue to sit the year 3 Writing test on paper.

Additional information regarding NAPLAN Online (including test design and technical requirements) is available on the NAP website.

Schools transitioning in 2022

Schools in Victoria have been transitioning from NAPLAN paper tests to NAPLAN Online tests since 2018. In 2020 the transition of schools to NAPLAN Online in Victoria was put on hold due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the cancellation of 2020 NAPLAN testing, and the considerable disruptions to teaching and learning.

It is anticipated that all schools will complete NAPLAN Online in May 2022.

To transition schools to NAPLAN Online, a program of readiness activities commenced in June 2021. This included the administration of the School Readiness Test (SRT) in Term 4. The SRT is intended to give schools an opportunity to confirm their ICT capacity, determine the most effective way to deliver NAPLAN Online, and provide staff with an introduction to the online tests.

Schools who successfully conducted the SRT in 2021 will progress to administering NAPLAN Online in 2022. Schools who did not reach their maximum student participation and 'peak load' during the SRT in 2021 will be asked to ensure they can meet these requirements during the Practice Test Window scheduled in March- April 2022.

Please see below the key dates fo all schools conducting NAPLAN Online in 2022.

Key dates for NAPLAN Online 2022

NAPLAN Online TasksDates
Register for a webinar refresher training session *From 18 January 2022
Receipt of the ‘principals package’From 28 January 2022
Submit student enrolment to the VCAA (independent schools only) **28 January – 11 February 2022
Nominate key staff including a NAPLAN coordinator **28 January – 18 February 2022
Submit a completed Statement of Compliance **28 January – 18 February 2022
Submit applications for alternative test formats **28 January – 18 February 2022
Complete a Technical Readiness Check (TRC) **28 January – 25 February 2022
Submit a NAPLAN Online test schedule **28 January – 29 April 2022
Download and install the latest Locked Down Browser on all student devicesFrom 28 January 2022
Webinar training sessions held17 February – 9 March 2022
Receipt of the ‘grid card package’ From 21 February 2022
Registration on the Online National Assessment Platform (the platform)From 22 February 2022
Student data available on the platform From 14 March 2022
NAPLAN Online Practice Test Window 21 March^ – 22 April 2022
Coordinated Practice Test Day11.30am AEDT – 24 March 2022
Submit applications for disability adjustments requiring VCAA approval **26 April – 3 May 2022
NAPLAN Online Test Window10 – 20 May 2022
‘Test Security period’ ends3 June 2022

* Via Swinburne Professional booking site. New Staff nominated in the NAPLAN coordinator role must attend a webinar session. Additional role-based online training materials are available via the NAPLAN Online Materials page.

** Activities to be completed via the NAPLAN Test Administration website.

^ Schools utilising the Practice Test Window to conduct their SRT will have earlier access from the 15 March 2022.

Further information and support

NAPLAN Online FAQs and transition advice from ACARA: ACARA NAP website

Community enquiries should be directed to your local school.

School service support is available during business hours on 1800 648 637 and via email to VCAA NAPLAN Help.