NAPLAN 2016 Writing test informationThe Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority (ACARA) and all NAPLAN test administration authorities have agreed that, as in 2015, there will be two writing prompts: one prompt for Years 3 and 5; and a different prompt for Years 7 and 9. This decision has been taken to ensure continued maximum engagement and fairness for students nationally.
The genre for the NAPLAN 2016 Writing test will be either narrative or persuasive, and it will be the same genre for all year levels. Also, as in 2015, the genre for the Writing test will not be disclosed prior to the test day and students will not be able to choose the genre in which they write their response.
ACARA has confirmed that tablets and similar devices fall into this category, and that their use is not permitted in the NAPLAN numeracy tests.
Schools are asked to consider this information and to ensure that all Year 7 and Year 9 students have access to, and are familiar with, a suitable calculator for the NAPLAN tests in May 2016.