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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;
  • a ‘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 that 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.

Transition in Victoria

Schools in Victoria have been transitioning from NAPLAN paper tests to NAPLAN Online tests since 2018. The transition of new schools to NAPLAN was put on hold in Victoria in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic, the cancellation of 2020 NAPLAN testing, and the considerable disruptions to to teaching and learning in that year. It is anticipated that all schools will be completing NAPLAN Online by May 2022. Comprehensive support for schools to aid the transition is provided by the VCAA using handbooks, training and service support.

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