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#1 stormimusik3

Posted 05 September 2019 - 12:04 PM

It has kicked off with the Science paper today!

This year we have signed up to do Science, English, Math, Writing and Spelling (Digital Tech wasn’t available at our school). Kids had to be at school by 8am as there was a new format by the UNSW, I’m guessing it is online?

Good luck to everyone’s kids for this year! I think it’s good practice for them being in a timed / test environment, regardless of results.

#2 spr_maiden

Posted 05 September 2019 - 12:14 PM

Oh no,  I didn't know kids had to be at school early.  I hope DS wasn't upset.
Good luck everyone.

#3 stormimusik3

Posted 05 September 2019 - 12:18 PM

View Postspr_maiden, on 05 September 2019 - 12:14 PM, said:

Oh no,  I didn't know kids had to be at school early.  I hope DS wasn't upset.
Good luck everyone.

This was a note from our school to arrive at 8am for them to get organised for those sitting it in the various classrooms, so not to worry!


Posted 05 September 2019 - 12:23 PM

Different schools do it on different days at different times.
The first one at our school (in NSW) is next week and ours are after school.  They were before school at our previous school ant kids had to be there by 7:30am.

Check dates and times with your child’s school.

#5 stormimusik3

Posted 05 September 2019 - 12:53 PM

NSW school here too. All ours are scheduled for 8am starting today and spread over the next 2 weeks. 7.30am is so early, gosh! I’m glad ours are in the morning before start of school as my DD would be absolutely knackered by 3pm (they also have after-school activities).

Do your kids practice with past papers? My DD was a little nervous as her friend had done all the past papers from 2009 for Science!

Edited by stormimusik3, 05 September 2019 - 12:56 PM.

#6 spr_maiden

Posted 05 September 2019 - 01:03 PM

No practice at all here. DS chooses to do them as he likes maths and science,  and he finds it less stressful than naplan. Naplan is scary, these tests are not so good practice for timed work.

#7 Jingleflea

Posted 05 September 2019 - 01:10 PM

Our school didn't even mention they were on this year. Last year there was a mention but no info so DD's never done it.
Our school isn't great at actually communicating some stuff.


Posted 05 September 2019 - 01:21 PM

Nah, none of my kids have ever practiced for them.  It’s all for fun for them.  Nothing too serious.

#9 Gumbette

Posted 05 September 2019 - 01:24 PM

NSW private junior school - we're not doing ours until w/b 16 Sept.  Maths on Monday, English on Tuesday.

#10 Riotproof

Posted 05 September 2019 - 01:26 PM

View PostJenflea, on 05 September 2019 - 01:10 PM, said:

Our school didn't even mention they were on this year. Last year there was a mention but no info so DD's never done it.
Our school isn't great at actually communicating some stuff.

Our school is not doing it at all due to them all being online this year.

#11 Jingleflea

Posted 05 September 2019 - 02:20 PM

Oh maybe that's why it wasn't mentioned.

#12 stormimusik3

Posted 05 September 2019 - 02:25 PM

Will check DD for feedback on how it went online. The Writing one will be interesting! I don’t think they have ever done a test online before.

#13 Expelliarmus

Posted 05 September 2019 - 06:10 PM

I believe the writing is still on paper.

#14 Kreme

Posted 05 September 2019 - 07:22 PM

They’re compulsory at DD’s high school. I don’t even know which ones she’s doing as we didn’t have to sign up to anything. She did Science today and said they had no problems with the technology. Of course today was the first day all year that she forgot her laptop and I had to drive to school to deliver it. Luckily the test was after lunch.

#15 stormimusik3

Posted 05 September 2019 - 07:50 PM

It’s optional at our school (NSW public primary).

DD said there were no issues with doing it online on the Chrome books in their classroom. She said there was always a chance for kids to open up google to search for answers/ cheat but there were teachers monitoring their screens. She found it ok with a bit of spare time to go back and check answers.

Edited by stormimusik3, 05 September 2019 - 07:53 PM.

#16 eachschoolholidays

Posted 05 September 2019 - 07:57 PM

My son did the Yr 2 Science paper this afternoon after school. He finished really early apparently which doesn’t bode well...

#17 barrington

Posted 05 September 2019 - 08:15 PM

DS had issues doing it online today.  But it was mainly to do with the old-style lecture theatre seating (with the swinging armrest) - it was too small and if you accidentally opened another tab (they were also using 3yr old laptops that are on their last legs) it would not let you back into the test without teacher intervention.

#18 cicconeyouth

Posted 07 September 2019 - 04:48 PM

does anyone know when results are released this year? it says here https://www.unswglob...reach-and-icas/ they will be available  4-6 days after each test (except writing) this year. but i wonder if that is just for schools or if it means means they'll be on the parent portal.
Also i know my kid sat 5 Reach assessments this year also but we weren't told the results and I'm curious if any other schools gave out those results to parents.

Edited by cicconeyouth, 07 September 2019 - 04:51 PM.

#19 stormimusik3

Posted 09 September 2019 - 10:43 PM

I’m not sure when results for ICAS are available, it usually seems awhile before ours are available but that could be because we are waiting for the school to advise. If they are available online and we can access with the Tap-ID that would be great.
Regarding the REACH assessments - my DD also did it, and mentioned her friend’s dad received results via email from the school last week. This seems to be on an individual basis as we haven’t received our results back yet.

Has anyone received results for Reach?

Edited by stormimusik3, 10 September 2019 - 09:38 AM.

#20 stormimusik3

Posted 09 September 2019 - 10:46 PM

The ICAS Writing paper is tomorrow for us! Year 3/4 is a written one and Year 5/6 will be online!

#21 annodam

Posted 12 September 2019 - 02:27 PM

All ours are done here, as we’re on 3wks School holidays as of 3:30 this arvo.
I’m not fussed on tests but our School prefers the students who are in extension classes to complete them.

I’ve only received results in the mail, I dunno maybe 2/3mo later?

#22 twistedkites

Posted 13 September 2019 - 12:44 PM


Edited by twistedkites, 13 September 2019 - 12:48 PM.

#23 Avocado tree

Posted 16 September 2019 - 06:25 PM

My Year 4 has ICAS English this morning, apparently it wouldn’t load .  They were doing them on Ipads.  Not sure what happens now , he thought maybe a resit in a few weeks?  

Strangely, we didn’t have to pay for it this year ,  for the first time and he was automatically enrolled in it according to the note sent home.

#24 cicconeyouth

Posted 16 September 2019 - 08:18 PM

At my child's school they did Reach assessments in all the ICAS subjects over the last 2 terms and only offered ICAS spots to those who did well. I think the Reach assessments were actually very similar in content to the ICAS tests but would really be interested to hear from teachers or anyone who knows if this is actually the case. And does anyone know if there is any time line for ICAS results?

Edited by cicconeyouth, 16 September 2019 - 08:20 PM.

#25 JoanJett

Posted 17 September 2019 - 10:32 AM

The UNSW website has a good explanation of Reach vs ICAS:


Essentially, Reach is about benchmarking and tracking individual student progress and cohort progress and is targets all abilities (a little like Naplan), whilst ICAS is focussed on challenging and extending higher performing students.  ICAS often tests concepts or ideas that haven't been explicitly taught in curriculum, and are "higher order" problem solving skills.

The ICAS results should be available more quickly this year with online testing - the original blurb said 4-6 business days, but I think it will be longer.  If you have a TAP-ID from previous years, you can keep an eye out, as the results come earlier than the paper-based ones sent to school.

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