From 2023, NAPLAN will be held earlier in the year to give teachers and parents important information about a student's skills and capability sooner, so that more targeted support can be delivered to improve literacy and numeracy skills throughout the year.
In 2023, NAPLAN will be held during Term 1 from Wednesday 15 March to Monday 27 March.
The full 2023 test timetable and sequence can be viewed on the ACARA website.
Future NAPLAN dates are avalaible at ACARA NAP website.
It is important to note that with this change to the NAPLAN test timetable there may be some clashes with the new test dates. We urge you to plan ahead to ensure that the NAPLAN tests can be successfully conducted between the new specified times in 2023. This includes purchasing devices (which will need to be actioned before the end of this school year) and planning your school resources to accommodate the revised test dates.
A detailed test timetable and key dates have been provided below.
Test timetable for NAPLAN 2023
|Year 3||Years 5, 7, 9|
|Week 1||Monday 13 |
|Preparation only – NO tests permitted|
(Only to be used when technical/logistical issues prevent testing on Day 1)
|Week 2||Day 4|
(Year 3 writing catch-up tests must be completed by this day)
|Follow test sequence: |
Reading → Conventions of language → Numeracy
Catch-up tests permitted
(Except Year 3 writing)
|Week 3||Day 9|
| The rest of this week may ONLY be used for testing with written permission from the relevant TAA|
Key dates for NAPLAN 2023
|Submit student enrolment to the VCAA (independent schools only) **||Monday 14 November 2022 - Friday 10 February 2023|
|Nominate key staff including a NAPLAN coordinator **||Monday 14 November 2022 - Friday 10 February 2023|
|Submit a completed Statement of Compliance **||Monday 14 November 2022 - Friday 10 February 2023|
|Submit applications for alternative test formats **||Monday 14 November - Thursday 8 December 2022|
|Complete a Technical Readiness Check (TRC) **||Monday 14 November 2022 - Friday 3 March 2023|
|Submit a NAPLAN test schedule **||Monday 14 November 2022 - Friday 3 March 2023|
|Download and install the latest Locked Down Browser on all student devices||From Wednesday 30 November 2022|
|Receipt of the Principals package, including grid cards and test administration handbooks||From Monday 30 January 2023|
|NAPLAN training environment open to conduct practice tests as required for student familiarisation||From Monday 30 January 2023|
|Registration on the Online National Assessment Platform (assessform)||From Friday 13 February 2023|
|Student data available on assessform||From Monday 6 March 2023|
|Submit applications for disability adjustments requiring VCAA approval **||Monday 14 November 2022 - Wednesday 8 March 2023|
|NAPLAN test window||Wednesday 15 March - Monday 27 March 2023|
|Test security period ends||Friday 31 March 2023|
** Activities to be completed via the NAPLAN Test Administration Website.