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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.

Extended sitting dates 12 - 23 Oct
(Victoria and New Zealand extended to 13 Nov).
See Dates table below for details.

Contact your local country representative to discuss products available in your region.

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.


  • 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.

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.

First official sitting window 2020
All results have been released online and student certificates despatched to schools.

Second official sitting window 2020
Results will be released online by subject over a period of weeks as follows:
Australia (except Victoria): from w/c 2 Nov 2020
Australia (Victoria only) and New Zealand:  from w/c 23 Nov 2020

Student certificates are despatched to schools approximately 2 weeks after results are released online.

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


Australia & New Zealand

Each subject has two official sitting windows. The first sitting window has now closed. Due to COVID-19, the second official sitting window (12 - 23 October) is available to all schools. This window is extended to 13 November for Victorian and New Zealand schools only.
Your school can sit any of the subjects below during this second sitting window at a time that works for you.

SubjectSecond Official Sitting WindowClosing Date for Orders – Second Window^
ICAS ScienceMon 12 Oct to Fri 23 Oct 2020. Extended to 13 Nov for Victoria and New ZealandMonday, 5 Oct 2020
ICAS Digital TechnologiesMon 12 Oct to Fri 23 Oct 2020. Extended to 13 Nov for Victoria and New ZealandMonday, 5 Oct 2020
ICAS EnglishMon 12 Oct to Fri 23 Oct 2020. Extended to 13 Nov for Victoria and New ZealandMonday, 5 Oct 2020
ICAS MathematicsMon 12 Oct to Fri 23 Oct 2020. Extended to 13 Nov for Victoria and New ZealandMonday, 5 Oct 2020
ICAS Spelling BeeMon 12 Oct to Fri 23 Oct 2020. Extended to 13 Nov for Victoria and New ZealandMonday, 5 Oct 2020


SubjectOfficial Sitting WindowClosing Date for Schools to Sign Up to PPSClosing Date for Parents to Purchase via PPSClosing Date for Schools to Purchase via Shop
Writing & Digital TechnologiesMonday, 9 August 2021 to Friday, 13 August 2021Sunday, 18 July 2021Sunday, 25 July 2021Sunday, 30 July 2021
EnglishMonday, 16 August 2021 to Friday, 20 August 2021Sunday, 25 July 2021Sunday, 1 August 2021Sunday, 8 August 2021
Science & Spelling BeeMonday, 23 August 2021 to Friday, 27 August 2021Sunday, 1 August 2021Sunday, 8 August 2021Sunday, 15 August 2021
MathematicsMonday, 30 August 2021 to Friday, 3 September 2021Sunday, 8 August 2021Sunday, 15 August 2021Sunday, 22 August 2021

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




SubjectsPrice per student (AU$)
ICAS English$17.05 (inc. GST)
ICAS Writing$21.45 (inc. GST)
ICAS Spelling Bee$17.05 (inc. GST)
ICAS Mathematics$17.05 (inc. GST)
ICAS Science$17.05 (inc. GST)
ICAS Digital Technologies$17.05 (inc. GST)

New Zealand
Pacific and International Schools


Refunds are issued in accordance with our Terms and Conditions and we reserve the right to respectfully deny a refund application if we have offered schools reasonable opportunities to sit the ICAS Assessments.

We understand the importance that ICAS holds within school communities and remind you that an extended ICAS testing window is available, should your school choose to take advantage of this greater flexibility.

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. 

ICAS Past Papers are being discontinued from 26 November 2020. We will provide more information about our new online practice tests in 2021.

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