Educational Assessment Australia

ICAS Introductory Paper for Year 2*

ICAS Introductory Paper for Year 2In 2013, we extended ICAS to Australian students in Year 2. The uptake was overwhelming with Year 2 students from some 1,500 schools from all states and territories entering English and Mathematics. This exciting development brought the well-known benefits of ICAS forward to Year 2, creating an extra 12 months for teachers to diagnose students’ strengths and weaknesses in the subjects of English literacy and Mathematics.

In 2014 we are excited to announce that ICAS Science will also become available to Year 2 students in schools across Australia. We will also be offering Introductory (Year 2 equivalent) papers in English and Mathematics to students in countries including New Zealand, Cook Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu and international schools in countries where ICAS is not represented by a reseller.

A Year 2 Spelling paper is being released in Australia in 2016. This paper will help students succeed by measuring their spelling ability and importantly, identifying very early in their schooling where they may need some extra help. It also fills the need for an introductory formal assessment of spelling in preparation for NAPLAN in Year 3.

Benefits of ICAS Introductory Papers

  • A rigorous independent assessment of students’ English literacy, numeracy or scientific strengths and weaknesses.
  • First independent chance to understand students’ ability and performance – a whole year in advance of the Australian National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN).
  • Gives Year 2 students an opportunity to experience external assessments in the core curriculum areas of English, Mathematics and Science** prior to Year 3.
  • Comprehensive online and hardcopy school reports for teachers to use as additional evidence when planning.
  • A two page student report gives parents a glimpse at how far their children have come since starting school.
  • Student Certificates that schools can present to encourage progress and achievement.

Structure of the Introductory Papers

ICAS English assesses reading and language skills in a range of contexts: reading for meaning in literary texts, reading for meaning in factual texts, textual devices, syntax and vocabulary. Students read a variety of age-appropriate texts, including extracts from picture books, novels, poems, letters, diary entries, as well as other familiar sources. The Introductory ICAS English test paper has 6 texts, with 35 multiple choice questions relating to the texts and 40 minutes to complete the test.

ICAS Mathematics assesses students’ skills and knowledge across five strands: Algebra and Patterns, Chance and Data, Measures and Units, Number and Arithmetic, and Space and Geometry. The Introductory ICAS Mathematics test paper has 30 multiple choice questions and students are given 35 minutes to complete the test.

ICAS Science assesses students’ skills in the key scientific areas of: Interpreting data, including observing, measuring and interpreting diagrams, tables and graphs; applying data, including inferring, predicting and concluding; and higher order skills, including investigating, reasoning and problem solving. The Introductory ICAS Science test paper has 30 multiple choice questions and students are given 45 minutes to complete the test.

ICAS Spelling assesses and reports students' skills at spelling words in four different contexts: dictation, proofreading, error correction and applying rules and conventions. The words tested can be organised under four types of spelling knowledge: Visual, Phonological, Morphological and Etymological.
The Introductory ICAS Spelling test paper has 15 dictation, 15 multiple choice and 5 proofreading questions. Students are given 25 minutes to complete the test after the conclusion of the dictation section.

Reports, Certificates and Medals

Comprehensive hardcopy and online school reports are provided to help teachers identify the strengths and weaknesses of their students’ performance. School reports can be viewed online by logging in to your school’s portal using your school code and password. Schools are also sent hardcopy student reports and student certificates of achievement including High Distinction, Distinction, Credit, Merit and Participation which can be presented to students at assemblies or at other awards’ ceremonies. Student’s can also view their reports online by logging in to the student portal using the TAP ID located on the hardcopy student report.

University of New South Wales medals are awarded to the top scoring students.

For more information about Results and Reports click here.

*Year 2 in Australia. View paper to year level conversion table here.
** Only available in Australia