You walk into a commercial store or your local news agent at the start of the school year for your child’s annual book shopping trip.

And BAM!

NAPLAN excel tests. NAPLAN parent guides. NAPLAN student drill books.

NAPLAN. NAPLAN. NAPLAN!

 

Happy cartoon children holding pencils stare at you from activity book covers as you make your way to the back of the store.

NAPLAN in white and blue letters sears into your brain as you head towards the checkout.

You wait in line.

Towering next to you is a cardboard stand overflowing with NAPLAN multicolored booklets…

And you think maybe…

Just maybe…

My kid might need one.

 

Before you give in and pick up one of those books on an impulse buy, I am here to remind and inform you that there are plenty of free practice tests and past papers out there for you and your child to use!

But where are they?

If you are having trouble finding these little diamonds on the web, here is a definitive list of government endorsed, Australian teacher federation approved, and most importantly free, practice tests and past papers for NAPLAN Years 3, 5, 7, and 9.

These tests are organized below by NAPLAN year level, so you won’t have to sort through multiple, irrelevant tests from other years.

For a simple breakdown of NAPLAN and the tests, click here.

 

Year 3 NAPLAN Practice Tests

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NAP Example Tests

These are official National Assessment Program practice tests. They are provided for parents and students to become familiar with the test layout and each individual exam.

Tests Marking
Language Conventions Answers
Writing Prompt 1 Marking Guide
Writing Prompt 2
Reading Magazine Answers
Reading
Numeracy Answers

ACARA Past Papers

Past NAPLAN papers between 2008 and 2011 have been released by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority for free use. They are a useful for practise closer to the NAPLAN. These papers do not come with answers as they are past exams. You and your child will need to sit down and mark these together.

2008 Tests 2009 Tests 2010 Tests 2011 Tests
Language Conventions Language Conventions Language Conventions Language Conventions
Writing Prompt Writing Prompt Writing Prompt Writing Prompt
Reading Magazine Reading Magazine Reading Magazine Reading Magazine
Reading Reading Reading Reading
Numeracy Numeracy Numeracy Numeracy

 QCAA Test Preparation

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority is one many people overlook when searching for free tests. Unlike ACARA or NAP, these are shorter practice exam sets. These little tests are perfect for drills and training for exam formats.

Test Sets
Language Conventions
Writing
Reading
Numeracy

 

Excel Test Zone

For those who are not aware, Excel do in fact provide free downloadable example tests on their website. If you and your child wish to continue with more of their tests however, you will need to either buy them outright or purchase a subscription.

https://www.exceltestzone.com.au/free_trial/free_tests/1

 Smeebu

This site is similar to QCAA, however all tests are online. This means your child will need to be familiar with a computer keyboard to fill out the answers. There is both an old and new version of the website provided for parents and children.

http://www.smeebu.com/

http://www.smeebu.com/old

 

Year 5 NAPLAN Practice Tests

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NAP Example Tests

These are official National Assessment Program practice tests. They are provided for parents and students to become familiar with the test layout and each individual exam.

Tests Marking
Language Conventions Answers
Writing Prompt 1 Marking Guide
Writing Prompt 2
Reading Magazine Answers
Reading
Numeracy Answers

ACARA Past Papers

Past NAPLAN papers between 2008 and 2011 have been released by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority for free use. They are a useful for practise closer to the NAPLAN. These papers do not come with answers as they are past exams. You and your child will need to sit down and mark these together.

2008 Tests 2009 Tests 2010 Tests 2011 Tests
Language Conventions Language Conventions Language Conventions Language Conventions
Writing Prompt Writing Prompt Writing Prompt Writing Prompt
Reading Magazine Reading Magazine Reading Magazine Reading Magazine
Reading Reading Reading Reading
Numeracy Numeracy Numeracy Numeracy

QCAA Test Preparation

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority is one many people overlook when searching for free tests. Unlike ACARA or NAP, these are shorter practice exam sets. These little tests are perfect for drills and training for exam formats.

Test Sets
Language Conventions
Writing
Reading
Numeracy

 Excel Test Zone

For those who are not aware, Excel do in fact provide free downloadable example tests on their website. If you and your child wish to continue with more of their tests however, you will need to either buy them outright or purchase a subscription.

https://www.exceltestzone.com.au/free_trial/free_tests/2

 Smeebu

This site is similar to QCAA, however all tests are online. This means your child will need to be familiar with a computer keyboard to fill out the answers. There is both an old and new version of the website provided for parents and children.

http://www.smeebu.com/

http://www.smeebu.com/old

 

Year 7 NAPLAN Practice Tests

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NAP Example Tests

These are official National Assessment Program practice tests. They are provided for parents and students to become familiar with the test layout and each individual exam.

Tests Marking
Language Conventions Answers
Writing Prompt 1 Marking Guide
Writing Prompt 2
Reading Magazine Answers
Reading
 Numeracy Calculator Allowed Answers
Numeracy Non-Calculator Answers

ACARA Past Papers

Past NAPLAN papers between 2008 and 2011 have been released by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority for free use. They are a useful for practise closer to the NAPLAN. These papers do not come with answers as they are past exams. You and your child will need to sit down and mark these together.

2008 Tests 2009 Tests 2010 Tests 2011 Tests
Language Conventions Language Conventions Language Conventions Language Conventions
Writing Prompt Writing Prompt Writing Prompt Writing Prompt
Reading Magazine Reading Magazine Reading Magazine Reading Magazine
Reading Reading Reading Reading
Numeracy Calculator Allowed Numeracy Calculator Allowed Numeracy Calculator Allowed Numeracy Calculator Allowed
Numeracy Non-Calculator Numeracy Non-Calculator Numeracy Non-Calculator Numeracy Non-Calculator

QCAA Test Preparation

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority is one many people overlook when searching for free tests. Unlike ACARA or NAP, these are shorter practice exam sets. These little tests are perfect for drills and training for exam formats.

Test Sets
Language Conventions
Writing
Reading
Numeracy

Excel Test Zone

For those who are not aware, Excel do in fact provide free downloadable example tests on their website. If you and your child wish to continue with more of their tests however, you will need to either buy them outright or purchase a subscription.

https://www.exceltestzone.com.au/free_trial/free_tests/6

Smeebu

This site is similar to QCAA, however all tests are online. This means your child will need to be familiar with a computer keyboard to fill out the answers. There is both an old and new version of the website provided for parents and children.

http://www.smeebu.com/

http://www.smeebu.com/old

 

Year 9 NAPLAN Practice Tests

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NAP Example Tests

These are official National Assessment Program practice tests. They are provided for parents and students to become familiar with the test layout and each individual exam.

Tests Marking
Language Conventions Answers
Writing Prompt 1 Marking Guide
Writing Prompt 2
Reading Magazine Answers
Reading
 Numeracy Calculator Allowed Answers
Numeracy Non-Calculator Answers

ACARA Past Papers

Past NAPLAN papers between 2008 and 2011 have been released by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority for free use. They are a useful for practise closer to the NAPLAN. These papers do not come with answers as they are past exams. You and your child will need to sit down and mark these together.

2008 Tests 2009 Tests 2010 Tests 2011 Tests
Language Conventions Language Conventions Language Conventions Language Conventions
Writing Prompt Writing Prompt Writing Prompt Writing Prompt
Reading Magazine Reading Magazine Reading Magazine Reading Magazine
Reading Reading Reading Reading
Numeracy Calculator Allowed Numeracy Calculator Allowed Numeracy Calculator Allowed Numeracy Calculator Allowed
Numeracy Non-Calculator Numeracy Non-Calculator Numeracy Non-Calculator Numeracy Non-Calculator

QCAA Test Preparation

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority is one many people overlook when searching for free tests. Unlike ACARA or NAP, these are shorter practice exam sets. These little tests are perfect for drills and training for exam formats.

Test Sets
Language Conventions
Writing
Reading
Numeracy

 

Excel Test Zone

For those who are not aware, Excel do in fact provide free downloadable example tests on their website. If you and your child wish to continue with more of their tests however, you will need to either buy them outright or purchase a subscription.

https://www.exceltestzone.com.au/free_trial/free_tests/5

 Smeebu

This site is similar to QCAA, however all tests are online. This means your child will need to be familiar with a computer keyboard to fill out the answers. There is both an old and new version of the website provided for parents and children.

http://www.smeebu.com/

http://www.smeebu.com/old

Using These Resources

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Disclaimer from official NAP website

Please remember that these are past papers and example tests only.

The content and skills you child is required to demonstrate during NAPLAN are covered in what they learn at school.

For more information about why ACARA stress this disclaimer, click here.

Good Luck!

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Erin Borg is an Art of Smart coach with over 5 years’ experience tutoring young children, adult learners and everyone in between. She has written programs and resources for both Art of Smart Education and MyEd, including Student Needs Assessments and Flying Start.

Now a former student, Erin graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2016 with a double bachelor in Education and Arts. Receiving the faculty medal for her First Class Honours work in parent-teacher communication, her passion for excellence and guiding others has lead her down the exhilarating, yet terrifying, road of a qualified primary school teacher.

At night when not tinkering with potato cannons or being mauled by eleven family dogs, she is a ninth-level Elven wizard battling the forces of evil in Sydney CBD.