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The Naplan quiz stumping Aussie parents – how do you score?

A NAPLAN sample quiz aimed at children has managed to stump parents with one third of adult testers managing to score only six (or less) out of 10. 

Whilst the average score came in at seven correctly answered questions, 15 people who took the test sank dismally to the bottom of the class, scoring zero.

More than 600 people recently took the quiz shared in a Facebook post by online tutoring service, Cluey Learning, in the lead up to NAPLAN testing which kicks off on March 15 and runs until March 27.

The new 2023 sample quiz tests a mix of English and Maths, including questions for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 who are taking part in NAPLAN this year. Take the test HERE.

However, the main discussion on the Cluey Facebook page was not so much about quiz results, but rather why NAPLAN was necessary at all.

As one poster commented, “NAPLAN is nothing but stress for students and teachers. Money could be better spent on education rather than testing.” 

Another wrote, “To be honest, I don’t really care about NAPLAN. I’ve been told it has absolutely nothing to do with your child’s overall grades, it’s more to do with measuring the performance of the current curriculum. It’s a test designed for data collection.”

One poster also questioned the point of preparing for the tests. “Prepping for a test doesn’t show what a child is capable of. Let them do NAPLAN then work on the gaps if necessary.”

Cluey Learning Chief Education Officer Dr Selina Samuels said NAPLAN was more than just a benchmarking assessment.

“Whilst we need to understand how students are progressing academically across the country, it also provides teachers and parents with insight into how an individual is learning. You can then figure out how best to support and challenge students, so they build their confidence and achieve better results with schoolwork going forward.”

Dr Samuels said the objectors to NAPLAN prep didn’t always take into account that the skills taught in preparation are actually useful and wouldn’t be forgotten once the tests are over.

“I do agree the stress associated with NAPLAN is entirely counter-productive. But this can be addressed by making sure students have practised enough so they feel confident in showing what they know, and that they understand the format and how to approach test papers.” 

She added that for Years 3 and 5 in particular, knowing how to manage time under test conditions can dissipate anxiety. “We also find it useful to help students understand how to navigate multiple-choice questions and unpack questions phrased in unfamiliar ways. These are key test preparation skills and are useful way beyond the confines of NAPLAN.

“Literacy and numeracy are important foundational skills for future education and work. So, the actual skills students need to demonstrate in these tests are skills that we want all our children to have – they are for life, not just for NAPLAN.”

Cluey Learning delivers personalised online tutoring support for students in Years 2 -12, across Math, English and Chemistry. All content is mapped to the Australian National Curriculum and is based on the unique learning needs of each individual student. Cluey has supported over 17,832 Australian families, run over 519,000 sessions and has been rate 4.7/5 by parents and students.

Dr Selina Samuels is the Chief Learning Officer at online education company Cluey Learning. She has been in education for over three decades and has been working with schools since 2013 to establish and provide digital education programs across a range of subjects and year levels. Qualifications: BA (Hons), LLB, PhD, MEd.