Gold Coast students to sit annual NAPLAN tests this week

THOUSANDS of Gold Coast state and non-state school students are preparing to sit the seventh annual NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) tests this week.  

From tomorrow, students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will sits will sit exams testing reading, writing, spelling, grammar, punctuation and numeracy over three days

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said information from the tests would be used to identify student strengths, as well as areas requiring development at a class, school and state-wide level.


“NAPLAN supports the implementation of targeted teaching practices to better meet the educational needs of our students,” he said.

“It also supports the Newman Government’s commitment to providing Queenslanders with high quality educational opportunities.”

Mr Langbroek said while sitting tests could be an anxious time for some students, there were strategies to support students before and during the NAPLAN testing period.

“Parents and carers can help by making sure their child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast to sustain them through the day,” he said.

“I encourage the students to relax, do their best to answer every question and remember that their classroom learning has prepared them well.”

For more information on NAPLAN visit the Queensland Studies Authority website: