How can your child do well in NAPLAN Online Grade 5?
NAPLAN scales your child’s results based on bands. The lowest band is 1 and the highest band is 10. For Grade 5, if your child’s results are in Band 4, they’re only meeting the minimum national standard (usually below “C” grade) while Bands 5 – 7 represent the average and what most students get (usually a “C” to “B” grade in schools) and Bands 8 and higher are above average (usually “A” grade).
There are 2 major things for your child to tick off in order to do well in NAPLAN Online Grade 5. They are:
- Become familiar with the online platform, and,
- Prepare for the test.
1. Become familiar with the online platform
The National Assessment Program has made the online platform available for public access through a demonstration site (you can access the NAPLAN Online demonstration site by clicking here).
Your child should go onto the site and navigate around as there are timers and different types of functionality (for example, drag and drop and interactive features and tabs) that would be useful in helping your child organise their work and of course, their time.
Managing time is a key aspect in doing well as your child should be completing each question in around 70 seconds (minus the writing test). Being familiar with the online platform means that your child doesn’t waste 10 minutes figuring out what to click and how to use the platform. It means they can jump right in to doing the questions. This is especially important, as it is a time-based test.
Your child’s success is driven by how many questions they can complete correctly in the short time frame.
2. Prepare for the test
There are ways your child can prepare for the test (for free) and the best way is to do practice papers.
The official NAPLAN paper papers are publicly available and you can download the 2008-2011 papers and 2012-2015 papers to practice on.
The only downside to this is that there are no solutions officially available. So… to get the most out of practice questions, your child should do them with a parent, teacher or tutor and pinpoint where their weaknesses are.
This is the most important part of learning from practice questions because finding out where your child needs help on (what are the missing areas of their knowledge?) means that they can take action to catch up on those areas. This means they’re acquiring the knowledge they need to apply it to other questions and do well.
It means they’re setting themselves up for future success.