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ICAS Exams – International Competitions & Assessments for Schools

The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) are independent skills-based assessments with a competition element. Commonly referred to as the UNSW tests, ICAS is unique, being the most comprehensive generally available suite of academic assessments and school tests for primary and secondary school students. The assessments comprise eight Digital Technologies tests, eleven English tests, eleven Maths tests, eleven Science tests, five Spelling tests and ten Writing tests.

A new ICAS test is developed annually for each subject in each year level by our team of subject matter experts. All ICAS tests are reviewed by experienced teachers to ensure that they accurately assess students’ skills and are relevant to what they are learning at school. Some schools use ICAS as a placement test. Other schools use ICAS results as a component of  a student’s overall academic achievement for the year. While still others offer ICAS as a psychometric test to better understand what students can and can’t do at a point in time.

Each test is sat at the student’s school and is invigilated by teachers under normal examination conditions.

Administration Guidelines are provided to the schools with the ICAS papers to ensure that the same conditions are afforded to all students sitting ICAS.

Over one million student entries are accepted from over 6,300 schools in Australia and New Zealand annually. In addition, students from over 20 countries including Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and the USA participate in ICAS each year.

ICAS 2019

Digital Technologies Years 4,5,6         4th September 2019           Cost $16.00*

Science Years 4,5,6                                 5th September 2019              Cost $16.00*

Writing Years 4,5,6                                 11th September 2019            Cost $16.00*

Spelling Years 4,5,6                               12th September 2019             Cost $16.00*

English Years 4,5,6                                18th September 2019             Cost $16.00*

Mathematics Years 4,5,6                      19th September 2019             Cost $16.00*

*Includes $1 fee to cover administration of entries.

ALL ENTRIES AND PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN MONDAY 19th August 2019 AT 9AM. LATE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED, as they need to be processed and sent to Australia.

Practice Test – Online Practice Interaction test:

Use the free online ICAS Practice Interaction Test   to become familiar with how to: 

  • navigate through a test
  • answer questions
  • scroll and expand parts of the screen
  • use the online ruler and calculator