Join our NAPLAN Online Holiday Program, get your kid tailored tests experience.

North Shore Coaching College is delighted to be the first coaching college in Australia and Hong Kong to launch our NAPLAN Online adaptive testing platform.

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Join our NAPLAN Online holiday program where students in Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 will complete NAPLAN Online adaptive tests in Writing, Reading, Conventions of Language and Numeracy, receive a tailored test report and review incorrectly answered questions.


Adaptive tests (or tailored tests) automatically adapt to a student’s test performance and asks questions that try to match a student’s achievement level. In an adaptive test, one student may not complete the same questions as another student. Instead, generally a student who answers more questions correctly/incorrectly will receive harder/easier questions respectively. Adaptive testing allows a test’s difficulty to change to allow a student to demonstrate knowledge and stay engaged with a test. It provides educators with access to more targeted and detailed information on student performance which can then be reported to parents.


Established since 1991, North Shore Coaching College has a proven track record of undertaking educational research projects with the University of Melbourne’s Assessment Research Centre, and projects with the Australian Government. Join us to see how we offer Tuition that Works!

Contact your Campus Director for further information on all our term and holiday programs for students from Pre-School to Year 12.


Reading and numeracy test design

Students at each year level start with the same set of questions (testlet A). Each student’s answers in testlet A will determine the questions they see in the second testlet. These may be less complex (B) or more complex (D).

The student’s answers in the second testlet will determine the difficulty of questions in the final testlet: highest complexity (F), average complexity (E), lowest complexity (C). Students who receive a low score for testlet A move directly to testlet C and then complete testlet B.

NAPLAN results for each student are based on both the number and difficulty of the questions the student answered correctly. A student who completes a more complex set of questions is more likely to achieve a higher score (and a higher band placement), while a student who answers the same number of questions correctly, but follows a less complex pathway, will achieve a lower score.

Within the three testlets, the Years 7 and 9 numeracy test includes two sections: non-calculator and calculator. The online calculator is available to students after completing the non-calculator section of the test. Students will be advised that they cannot return to the non-calculator section once they move to the calculator section.

Conventions of language test design

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The conventions of language test includes a grammar and punctuation (G&P) section and a spelling section, each with two branching points. A message will inform students that they cannot return to the G&P section once they move to spelling.

In reading, numeracy and conventions of language, branching messages (PDF 2 mb) between testlets advise students whether they may go back to previous testlets to change their answers, or not. Changing answers will not affect their branching but will affect their final score.

Benefits of tailored testing:
  • more precise measurement of student performance and greater differentiation of students, achieved by asking a wider range of questions without adding to the length of the test for each individual student
  • increased student engagement because the tests adapt to the student’s test performance
  • lower levels of discouragement among students who experience difficulty early in the test, as they are given questions of lower complexity, more suited to their performance. High-achieving students are given more challenging questions
  • potential to reduce anxiety in students who may find the current paper-based format of NAPLAN too challenging
  • a wider range of aspects of the curriculum can be tested. While each student will answer the same number of questions as in the paper tests, the number of questions that may be presented to students is larger.

Watch the video (3m 6s) to learn more about tailored testing.


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