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The Parent Payment System is our easy to use system that allows you to make direct payments for your child’s ICAS assessments. To use this system, your school will need to sign up for PPS and share the system registration details with you. Find more information on the PPS here.
Your child's school will send you a unique access code and instructions on how they can sit ICAS tests using the Parent Payment System. It is at the school's discretion to offer all or some ICAS subjects and year levels.
The closing date for parents to purchase via PPS is at the discretion of the school. However, the "close parent ordering" date listed on the assessments calendar page is the last possible date to order through the system.
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To compare ICAS and Reach, check out our comparison table.
Yes, your child is allowed to sit at a higher level than the year they are currently enrolled. Please note that reports / certificates will appear on the higher year level selected.
Prepare for testing
The locked-down browser app (called Janison Replay) is designed to prevent your child from accessing other applications such as web pages, cameras, spell checks, screenshotting, keyword shortcuts, and other features during the live assessment. For more information, check out our locked-down browser page.
This is an online test (similar to internet speed tests) that assesses whether your devices meet the necessary technical requirements. You can find more information on our technical requirements page.
Please reach out to your child's teacher to amend the details.
Please follow the Technical Readiness Test to ensure your child's device is ready for ICAS.
Students need headphones and/or earphones to complete Spelling Bee.
The supervising teacher will provide extra exam time to children that experience issues on test day.
You can visit the ICAS Preparation and Practice tools page for information on how to prepare. This page has sample questions that children are able to complete, and a support video giving them an idea of what it feels like to sit an ICAS test.
We also have a dedicated exam practice tool for ICAS called RiSE+. The test exams are created by the very same people behind ICAS.
Sit the test
Every child is provided with their own unique one-time code to access their test. This is combined with a unique test session code that is created by the teacher on the day of the test. Children can only access the test once the teacher has started the test session, and the teacher monitors them during the assessment using the Supervise Live Test feature in the Assessments Portal.
Unfortunately, your child can only complete ICAS in the specific sitting window for their subject, unless advised otherwise.
To learn about the support available to you, please complete the Accessibility Options Request form. A customer service representative will contact you directly.
Award boundaries for tests are only approximate, so distribution of students by percentage may not precisely match with the available scores. For example, a maths test with 40 questions might have 0.8% of students with a score of 35 or higher, and 2% of students at a score of 34 or higher. In this case that would cover the top 1% of students would be 34.
The length of ICAS exams changes depending on children's year level and subject they are sitting. The exact duration of the exams can be found on the Test Supervision Instructions on the ICAS support page.
Unfortunately, we do not offer an alternative sitting windows at this point.
Yes, Chromebooks must be running as Managed Devices in Kiosk mode, which allows the locked-down browser application to run correctly. Your child's teacher can help them to get everything set up and ready.
If your child needs to stop the exam, their teacher will postpone the test. When they return, they will be able to use the same one time code and complete the test on another day.
Unfortunately not, ICAS exams needs to be sat at your child's registered school.
Working out paper is approved for use following the rules of the assessment, but this is ultimately up to the supervising teacher.
Your child is allowed blank paper, and pencils / pens for working out. They are not allowed dictionaries, mobile phones, or any other electronic devices.
Results for all ICAS subjects (except ICAS Writing) are released online approximately 8-10 working days after the official sitting window has closed. Writing is released approximately 4-6 weeks after the official sitting window because it requires manual marking.
Certificates are despatched to schools approximately 2 weeks after results are released.
We will advise your school once results are available to view in the Results Portal. The school will then notify the parent body and provide your child with their TAP ID and PIN.
Yes, we mail printed certificates to your school for all children who sit ICAS.
The criteria for winning a medal is based on the top score in the locale, the top score for each year level, and the top score for each subject. For more information please contact your school or our Customer Service team.
You can find the TAP ID and Pin at the back of the hardcopy certificates sent to the school.
Unfortunately, we do not provide access to the questions for our assessments. You are able to find a detail overview of the questions for each subject in the Results Portal.
We send surveys to both schools and parents after each event. If you would like to provide feedback, these surveys are the best way to do so. Alternatively, please call or email our customer service team.