Recognising academic excellence for over 40 years
Drawing on 40 years of international assessment experience and academic rigour, ICAS is a school competition that inspires, celebrates and challenges millions of school students across Australia, New Zealand and the world.
The competition questions are set in modern, real-world scenarios where school students are assessed on their ability to apply classroom learning to new contexts, using higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills. The subjects span literacy (English, Writing and Spelling Bee) and STEM (Mathematics, Science and Digital Technologies).
Each online assessment is developed by our team of former teachers and psychometricians, and based on the curricula for the relevant year and subject to ensure an engaging and beneficial experience for all students.
The benefits of participating in ICAS competitions
Sitting an ICAS test is a milestone shared by generations of students from a variety of schools. It’s an opportunity to stretch your students or child and recognise their academic performance in a way that others celebrate achievements in sports or the arts.
About ICAS school competitions
ICAS competitions are available in a variety of subjects across most year levels.
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See ICAS key dates and sitting windows in Australia, New Zealand and internationally.
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ICAS assessments are priced individually so you can pick and choose what's relevant for you.
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Students with the top score in each year level and subject are awarded a medal and certificate.
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Resources and guides for schools, teachers, students and parents to make the most of ICAS.
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From taking an ICAS test, to impacting millions of people around the world during COVID. A Sydney teacher helped reset the trajectory of a Year 10 student’s life when she encouraged him to sit ICAS Science. His surprise perfect score revealed an extraordinary talent for problem-solving and led him all the way to becoming a world-leading expert in immunology who changed the course of the pandemic in 2020.
Prepare your child or students for ICAS
Give your child or students the opportunity to practise and prepare before exam day with our past papers.
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Discover our test player
Get your child or students familiar with how to use our test player with our demo video.
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Check that your device is compatible with our Assessments Portal.
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ICAS recognises every participant with a certificate, and top achievers with a personalised medallion.
Over the years the ICAS medal and certificates have held pride of place in the portfolios of millions of students.