Testing dates

Schools may choose ONE of the following dates for the 2019–20 testing cycle.

Test administration Test format Test dates Orders close Results delivered
September 2019 Paper or online Monday 23 September–Friday 4 October 23 August December
February 2020 Paper or online Monday 10 February–Friday 21 February 18 December April

Trial Testing

Schools can also choose to take part in a trial test, between 27 January – 7 February 2020. This is a good opportunity for schools to get an indication of the kind of material used in the ISA, or to have a ‘practice run’ before sitting the official test.

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* Pricing for 2019-20 testing cycle

Test package Test format Grade levels Tests Included Cost
(AU$ per student)
Paper test booklets Paper   3 to 10 Four tests
Mathematical Literacy, Reading, Writing (Narrative), Writing (Exposition)
All four tests are printed in the one combined test booklet.
All tests Online 3 to 10 Five tests
Mathematical Literacy, Reading, Writing (Narrative), Writing (Exposition), Scientific Literacy
Includes online Science for all grade levels at no additional cost.
Maths & Reading Online 3 to 10 Two tests
Mathematical Literacy, Reading
Writing Online 3 to 10 Two tests
Writing (Narrative), Writing (Exposition)
Science Online   3 to 10 One test
Scientific Literacy

Additional resources

  •  Free school access to the ISA Teaching Resources Centre is included with the purchase of all test packages.
  •  The Interactive Diagnostic Report is included as standard with any test package.
  •  The Interactive Tracking Report can be ordered at an additional cost of AU$900.

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ISA Introduction pack

Contains all ISA guides and documents


Webinar: Introduction to the ISA

The ISA Team regularly hosts online webinars for schools who would like to learn more about the ISA.