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Thursday, 28 Jan 2016

NAPLAN critical dates and general information

NAPLAN tests will be conducted over 3 days from Tuesday 10 – Thursday 12 May 2016.

The Handbook for Principals, which contains the National Protocols for Test Administration, will be distributed to schools by the end of February. This package will contain a letter to the principal with the access details to the Participation and Registration (PAR) website. This year, each principal will be issued with a new PAR password. The PAR user name will not change

Details regarding PAR access and the Handbook for Principals will also be sent by email.

An important change for 2016 is that schools must submit all disability adjustments requiring prior approval from BOSTES electronically via the PAR website. This includes all applications for:

  • large print
  • braille
  • electronic tests
  • use of a scribe or computer.

Additional information about NAPLAN is available on the ACARA website.

NAPLAN 2015 key dates

Late February

Handbook for Principals delivered to schools

10 – 24 February


PAR website live for uploading of student information and confirming school and student details

25 February –

4 March

NSW DoE and NSW CEC schools

PAR website live for confirming school and student details

4 May

Final date for schools to receive and check quantities of test materials

10 May

Test day: Language Conventions and Writing

11 May

Test day: Reading

12 May

Test day: Numeracy

13 May

Last day for students to complete catch-up tests


For more information, contact:
02 9367 8382