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5 things to know about the NAPLAN reading and language conventions tests.

At Inforum Academy of Excellence, we are determined to give your child all the important tools and tips to make them confident when doing the NAPLAN test.  Not only do we enhance NAPLAN exam skills throughout each term in our English and Math tutoring program, but we also have an Intensive NAPLAN holiday program in April, just before the real test to maximise your child’s potential.


The NAPLAN test is usually held over 3 days in Term 2 in all primary schools across Australia.  There are 2 ways it is implemented, some schools still use paper, while others use online.  Online testing will soon be in all schools for this exam. The reading and language convention sections are typically on Day 2.  While the year 5 students are given 50 minutes to complete the reading, the year 3 students have a limit of 45 minutes. 


All students are provided with a magazine containing a range of texts that show a variety of writing styles. For examples, game instructions, an imaginative story about a stranger or a list of rules about feeding animals. Students read the texts provided, then answer the related multiple-choice questions in a separate booklet. 


There are some useful tips to help! First, read the title and look at the image or picture. Next read through the questions first, so you know which answers you are looking for.  Finally, know the differences between a narrative text, an informative text or a persuasive text.  In a story, students will need to remember things about the setting, characters, and the storyline (complications and resolution).  Whereas, in a text containing information, they should be aware of the specific facts and opinions that are discussed. Remember it is timebound, so skimming and scanning quickly for answers is important.


The language convention test is implemented after the reading test.  Both grades 3 and 5 have 45 minutes to complete it.  This exam assesses spelling, grammar and punctuation.

The spelling section has 2 parts. One part has a range of sentences with the misspelt word circled:

Whereas the second part is more difficult because the words are not circled and the student must be able to find the misspelt word by themselves:

The students need to write the correct spelling in the boxes provided.  The grammar and punctuation sections are all multiple-choice, where the student must ‘shade the bubble’ or ‘tick the box’ to show their answer:


Here are more useful tips to get ready!  Learn some common spelling rules, for example, ‘i’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c’, silent letter ‘k’ or long vs short vowel sounds.  It is also helpful to look at commonly misspelt word lists, such as, which, they’re, biscuit. In addition, know when to use capitals, full stops, commas, questions marks and quotation marks.  Lastly, learn sentence word order, like, subject + verb + adverb or subject + verb + adjective + object and be aware of what contractions mean, for example, they’re = they are or won’t = will not.

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