ICAS is an independent, skills-based assessment program which recognises and rewards student achievement. ICAS is unique, being the most comprehensive generally available suite of academic assessments for primary and secondary school students.
The assessments comprise Digital Technologies tests, English tests, Mathematics tests, Science tests and Writing tests.
For more than 30 years, UNSW Global Assessment has continuously improved and enhanced ICAS. Today, this experience means ICAS is a 21st-century quality assessment the keeps pace with classroom learning.
A new ICAS test is developed annually for each subject in each year level by our team of subject matter experts. All ICAS tests are reviewed by experienced teachers to ensure that they accurately assess students’ skills and are relevant to what they are learning at school. Some schools use ICAS as a psychometric test to better understand what students can and can’t do at a point in time and track learning as students’ progress from year to year. Other schools use ICAS results as a component of a student’s overall academic achievement for the year and, still, others use ICAS as a placement test. Each test is sat at the student’s school and is invigilated by teachers under normal examination conditions.
Administration Guidelines are provided to the schools with the ICAS papers to ensure that the same conditions are afforded to all students sitting ICAS.
Over one million student entries are accepted from over 6,300 schools in Australia and New Zealand annually. In addition, students from over 20 countries including Indonesia, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and the USA participate in ICAS each year.