SUBJECTS

The subjects assessed in ICAS are Digital Technologies, English, Mathematics, Science, and Writing. Each year, a team of subject experts develop the tests with reference to the curriculum. Our experts write skills-based assessments designed to assess the level of competency a student possesses in each subject area.

Digital Technologies

Information Communication and Technology (ICT) skills drawn from a range of curriculum areas and focussing on a variety of computing contexts, including:

  • Common operating systems and hardware
  • Graphics and multimedia
  • Internet and email
  • Programming and scripting
  • Spreadsheets and databases
  • Word processing

English

Reading and language skills in a range of texts. Students are required to locate, identify, interpret, infer and synthesise information in and about texts, focusing on the aspects of:

  • Reading for meaning in factual texts
  • Reading for meaning in literary texts
  • Syntax
  • Writer’s Craft
  • Vocabulary

Mathematics

Mathematical skills in a range of contexts from the following areas:

  • Algebra and patterns
  • Chance and data
  • Measures and units
  • Number and arithmetic
  • Space and geometry

Science

Scientific skills in the subject contexts of Earth and Beyond, Energy and Change, Life and Living, Natural and Processed Materials. The following skill areas are covered:

  • Observing and measuring
  • Interpreting data
  • Applying data
  • Investigating
  • Higher-order skills

Writing

Constructing an aspect of a narrative text or a form of persuasive writing, demonstrating:

  • Observing and measuring
  • Interpreting data
  • Applying data
  • Investigating
  • Higher-order skills

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