All high school students in years 7 and 9 sit the National Assessment Program-Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). 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.
The following sites may be useful in helping students become familiar with the format and expectations of the test:
Explanation of HSC Minimum Standards
These PDFs provide Writing Marking Criteria and Marking Guide