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ICAS Assessments are designed to recognise  academic excellence, students are assessed on their ability  to apply classroom learning to new contexts using higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills.

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ICAS Assessments have been unmatched for over 35 years and are continuing to lead the way, by moving online.

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What it is

ICAS Assessments are online* assessments, designed to recognise and reward academic excellence. 

The assessments are based on the curricula for the relevant year. Students are asked to demonstrate a deeper, integrated, and thorough level of learning.

To ensure an engaging and beneficial experience for all students, new ICAS assessments are developed annually for each subject in every year level.


*ICAS Writing is paper-based only for Papers A and B


  • Provide objective ranking of performance

  • Encourage students to attain greater academic success

  • Require students to think beyond the classroom

  • Recognise student success through medals and certificates

ICAS Assessments give students an opportunity to have their achievements recognised. Hear from our proud medal winners about their ICAS experience.

Improved Parent Payment System for 2020*

Streamline your ICAS ordering process with the online direct payment. New in 2020: your student upload will be fully automated. Once your school has registered for this facility, parents will be able to make a payment for ICAS directly to UNSW Global until Sunday, 26 July 2020.

*Available for Australian schools only

Read about our proud medal winners and their ICAS experience.

Science Gold for Dunedin Pupil

Beth Elder thinks it is funny she has won a gold medal for gaining the top mark in the recent University of New South Wales International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) year 5 science...

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Erudite Columba pupil takes NZ’s top mark

Fraser gained the top year 12 mark in New Zealand in the recent International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) English examination, and credits her success to her love of reading.

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Clever Student Eric is Number One Among All The Year Twos

HOLY Family School student Eric Wang is making his mark in science - and he's only seven years old. The year two student was placed first in this year's NSW ICAS University of NSW Science Competition.

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Xanthe Huxtable Wins Medal in English Competition

MOST students prefer not to be tested more than absolutely necessary, but Xanthe Huxtable has narrowed it to a fine art.The 12-year-old year 6 student from Orange Public School sat the University of N...

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International Recognition for Riverdale School High Achiever

Using technology comes naturally to Palmerston North schoolboy Lucas Brown Samuelsson. So much so, the year 5 Riverdale School pupil has been recognised internationally for it.

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  • ICAS Digital Technologies
  • ICAS Science
  • ICAS Writing* (Locked-Down Browser# required) (Note: No longer available in 2020)
  • ICAS Spelling Bee (Locked-Down Browser# and earphones required)
  • ICAS English
  • ICAS Mathematics

# Chromebooks must be running as Managed Devices in Kiosk mode for assessments requiring the locked-down browser application. See full technical requirements for Chromebooks and other supported devices.

Please note:

Not all ICAS subjects are offered across all year levels in all regions.

Subject availability / Year levels table

Year level equivalence table

Subject Frameworks

Subject Guides

Schools receive:

  • timely, objective information about student achievement
  • online reporting
  • exportable data

Each participant receives a printed certificate of achievement.

Students with the top score in each subject in each year level are also awarded a medal and a medal winner’s certificate at a presentation ceremony. Learn more.

Find our online technical requirements here.

View and download support materials for schools for ICAS Assessments here.

View and download the Parent guide to accessing ICAS results here.


Australia & New Zealand

Each subject now has two sitting windows. A second sitting window is available in October to accommodate schools impacted by COVID-19 (see dates below).

SubjectOfficial sitting datesAdditional sitting datesClosing Date for Orders^
ICAS ScienceMonday 17 Aug to Friday 21 Aug 2020Monday 12 Oct to Friday 23 Oct 2020Monday, 5 Oct 2020
ICAS Writing*No longer available in 2020
ICAS Digital TechnologiesMonday 24 Aug to Friday 28 Aug 2020Monday 12 Oct to Friday 23 Oct 2020Monday, 5 Oct 2020
ICAS EnglishMonday 24 Aug to Friday 28 Aug 2020Monday 12 Oct to Friday 23 Oct 2020Monday, 5 Oct 2020
ICAS MathematicsMonday 31 Aug to Friday 4 Sept 2020Monday 12 Oct to Friday 23 Oct 2020Monday, 5 Oct 2020
ICAS Spelling BeeMonday 31 Aug to Friday 4 Sept 2020Monday 12 Oct to Friday 23 Oct 2020Monday, 5 Oct 2020
Alternative sitting dates may be available upon request.

^It is at a school’s discretion to set earlier closing dates than the ones listed above.

UNSW Global recognises International schools that are registered with the Council of International Schools (CIS).

Pacific & International Schools




SubjectsOnline Test
ICAS Science$15.95 AUD (inc GST)
ICAS Writing*No longer available in 2020
ICAS Digital Technologies$15.95 AUD (inc GST)
ICAS English$15.95 AUD (inc GST)
ICAS Mathematics$15.95 AUD (inc GST)
ICAS Spelling Bee$15.95 AUD (inc GST)

Pacific and International Schools
New Zealand

How to prepare

Specific preparation for ICAS tests is not required as the assessments are skills-based. However, to support you and your students we’ve created a suite of practice materials.

Download and try sample ICAS questions. Each paper comes with an answer sheet. Available for all subjects.

Note: Most ICAS tests are only available online.

Digital Technologies



Spelling Bee





Online tests

Use the free online ICAS Practice Interaction Test to become familiar with how to: 

  • navigate through a test
  • answer questions
  • scroll and expand parts of the screen
  • use the online calculator.

One question requires audio.

Audio is only required for ICAS Spelling Bee.

Students can practice the test more than once if needed.

There may be some variations for tests which require lockdown browsers. 

Completing past papers is one of the best ways to become familiar with the style and format of ICAS questions.  Learn more.



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