COVID-19 testing arrangements

With COVID-19 continuing to impact schools in many countries, flexibility around testing requirements will be offered for the ISA February 2021 administration to schools that require it. Contact the ISA team at for further advice.

Testing dates

Schools may choose ONE of the following dates for the 2020-21 testing cycle.

Test administration Test format Orders close Test dates Results delivered
October 2020 Paper or online 28 August Monday 28 September–Friday 9 October December
February 2021 Paper or online 18 December Monday 1 February–Friday 19 February April

Trial Testing

Schools can also choose to take part in a trial test, between 25 January – 5 February 2021. 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 2020-21 testing cycle. Please note prices remain unchanged from 2019-20.

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
Available for February only.
Maths, Reading & Writing Online 3 to 10 Four tests
Mathematical Literacy, Reading, Writing (Narrative), Writing (Exposition)
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
Available in February only.

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.