What is the ISA?

The ISA assessment program is designed specifically for students in international schools in Grades 3–10. It is based on the internationally endorsed reading, mathematical literacy and scientific literacy frameworks of the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

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Note that the ISA is not part of PISA and is not endorsed by the OECD.

Why choose the ISA?

Innovative assessments

Innovative assessments

Designed specifically for international school populations. Writing tasks and open-ended questions in reading, mathematical literacy and scientific literacy to better illuminate students' thinking processes.

Flexible delivery for ISA assessments

Flexible delivery

Online and paper mathematical literacy, reading and writing for Grades 3–10. Online scientific literacy for Grades 7–10. Flexibility to combine testing modes.

ISA provides informative reporting

Informative reporting

The ISA reports inform improvements in teaching and learning and tell school leaders, teachers and parents what they want to know.

Who uses the ISA?

Around 90 000 students from 400 schools worldwide participated in ISA 2017-18.

List of schools using the ISA.

ISA information pack

All the information you need about the ISA program in a convenient PDF document.

Download ISA information pack

When does ISA testing take place?

Schools may choose ONE of the following dates for the 2018-19 testing cycle.
Test administration Test format Test dates Orders close Results delivered
September 2018 Paper or online Monday 24 September–Friday 5 October 24 August Early December (online) / mid-December (paper)
February 2019 Paper or online Monday 11 February–Friday 22 February 18 December Mid-April (online) / late April (paper)

How much does it cost?

* Pricing for 2018–19 testing cycle
Test package Test format Grade levels Tests Included Cost
(AU$ per student)
All tests Paper 3 to 10 Mathematical Literacy, Reading, Writing (Narrative), Writing (Exposition)
All four tests are printed in the one combined test booklet.
All tests Online 3 to 6 Mathematical Literacy, Reading, Writing (Narrative), Writing (Exposition)
Note that Science is not available at Grades 3 to 6.
All tests Online 7 to 10 Mathematical Literacy, Reading, Writing (Narrative), Writing (Exposition), Science
Maths & Reading Only Online 3 to 10 Mathematical Literacy, Reading
Writing Only Online 3 to 10 Writing (Narrative), Writing (Exposition)
Science Only Online 7 to 10 Science

Additional resources

  • Free school access to the ISA Teaching Resources Centre is included with the purchase of all tests 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$850.