Educational Assessment Australia

Educational Assessment Australia

FAQs for Students


About ICAS

ICAS Subjects can be seen on the following page: www.eaa.unsw.edu.au/icas/subjects. ICAS is available for Years 2 - 12 in Australia and Years 3 - 13 in New Zealand and the Pacific Region.

ICAS is used in a growing number of countries. As year-level names vary across countries, it is simpler to code the ICAS booklets as A, B, C, D etc and provide a key to identify the relevant year-level for each country.

Questions used in ICAS papers are written by EAA assessment staff, experienced classroom teachers and subject matter experts. These writers utilise a wide range of materials and resources to ensure the questions are current, relevant and engaging for the students.

All items are peer-reviewed by an external panel. This panel consists of practising classroom teachers and subject matter experts, including university academics. This panel considers the validity, reliability and currency of each assessment item. Once ratified by the external panel, the questions are placed in tests. All tests maintain a balance of items taking into account the difficulty of the questions and the strands, topics and skills tested.

Each ICAS subject has been carefully researched by EAA staff so that the test content is relevant and interesting. EAA staff review curriculum documents on a regular basis to ensure that subject content in ICAS is relevant to your students' schooling. Our Assessment Framework provides details of how this works for each ICAS subject. To view each subject framework go to the following pages and click on the framework link:
Digital Technologies
English
Mathematics
Science
Spelling
Writing

Using the same questions enables us to draw comparisons between each year level to see how different cohorts progress over time. In order to do this, we need to know how one test paper compares in difficulty with another. By comparing the information obtained from a few questions that appear in two different papers, we can get a good indication of the relative difficulty of each paper. This process is called 'equating' and is applied to test papers across year levels (called vertical equating) and also across calendar Years (horizontal equating).

Please refer to the ICAS Awards and Recognition page: www.eaa.unsw.edu.au/icas/awards for information about grade distribution.

Pre ICAS Test Date

Entries can only go through a school. Your school will need to register by going to: www.eaa.unsw.edu.au/forms/online/register-icas or by contacting Customer Service on info@eaa.unsw.edu.au

Entries can only be made by your child's school.

Children should only sit the ICAS paper for the year level in which they are currently enrolled. Children who have been accelerated for a particular subject can sit the paper at that year level but should not sit more than one paper in any one subject.

No. Entry to ICAS is school-based only. EAA is unable to accept parent requests to enrol their child into an ICAS subject unless the child is being home-schooled in a registered home school.

Preparation is available through past papers or our Practice Online facility at www.eaa.unsw.edu.au/icas/preparation

Post ICAS Test Date

Students will receive an individual report detailing their achievement, areas of success and weakness.

Each school receives a report providing comprehensive data about individuals and year levels. A breakdown of the report can be found at: www.eaa.unsw.edu.au/icas/school-results

All reports, and certificates are sent to the school in the first instance. Results are also available online. To access this facility, parents and their children will need their TAP ID's and passwords to log in. The TAP ID is printed on the student report and is valid for all ICAS subject results.

Most results will be sent out to schools between 6-8 weeks from the sitting date of each subject. Writing and Spelling are hand marked and will be delivered to schools within 8-10 weeks of the sitting dates.

Yes. Log in with your TAP ID which is printed on the bottom right hand side of the student reports. Your TAP ID is valid for all ICAS subject results.

No. Due to privacy laws, results and student details are not disclosed over the phone. Results will be dispatched to the school only.

No. Results are dispatched directly to the school. Parents need to ask their child's school for their child's results. Reprints of results and certificates should also be requested through the school as EAA can not adequately identify the person requesting the reprints.

Yes. Please contact Customer Service for more information. There will be a charge for this service.

You will need to liaise with the school as release of the booklet is at their discretion.

No. Schools are advised of all medal winners. The school will advise you.

Past papers for ICAS Digital Technologies, English, Mathematics and Science are available for purchase online or by order from April the following year.

Finance / Administration

EAA accepts payment for entries from schools only.


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