Recognising academic excellence for over 40 years

ICAS school competition

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.

Receive an objective ranking of your students’ or child’s performance.

Encourage your students or child to attain greater academic success.

Motivate your students or child to think beyond the classroom.

Recognise your students’ or child’s success with medals and certificates.

About ICAS school competitions

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ICAS competitions are available in a variety of subjects across most year levels.

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ICAS competition dates

Next dates

See ICAS key dates and sitting windows in Australia, New Zealand and internationally.

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ICAS competition pricing


ICAS assessments are priced individually so you can pick and choose what's relevant for you.

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Why school competitions are beneficial for teachers, students and parents

Year levels

Find out which subjects and exam papers are available for each year level.

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Medal celebration

Students with the top score in each year level and subject are awarded a medal and certificate.

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ICAS support resources for schools and students

Support resources

Resources and guides for schools, teachers, students and parents to make the most of ICAS.

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How ICAS Science uncovered a future COVID vaccine hero

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

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Past papers

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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Technical requirements

Check that your device is compatible with our Assessments Portal.

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See our wonderful ICAS 2022 medal winners

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.

Read about our proud medal winners and their ICAS experience

Heidi Moloney may come from a small town in regional WA, but she’s achieving big things. She scored the top mark in her state to take out the 2022 ICAS medal for Year 4 English.

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Medal winners Charlotte Taylor-Kafka and Sebastian Farrar are celebrating after testing ‘best in New Zealand’ for English in their Year 3 and Year 4 categories.

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Students Cadence Pang and Lachlan Tatnall declared Victoria’s
top ICAS competitors for 2022 in Year 11 Mathematics and Year 3 English respectively.

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Chung Ching Middle School student Jordan Hee Shan Yung
has topped his school and the country to take out
the coveted Year 11 Maths and Science ICAS medals for 2022.

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“ICAS prepares our students for the future because it gives them an opportunity to challenge themselves beyond what they just cover in class and to tackle questions that have a competitive level of rigour and an international standard.”
Mohamed Elbotaty
Principal, Al-Ameen College, Western Australia
ICAS is now open.
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