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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 academics, many of them former teachers, 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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Subjects

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

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Next dates

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

See calendar >

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Pricing

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

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Medal ceremony

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


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Why school competitions?

Taking part in competitions can take time, money and effort. So, what are the benefits for teachers, students and parents?

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Support resources

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


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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

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.

Buy 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.

Discover our test player >

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Technical requirements

Check that your device is compatible with our Assessments Portal.


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Read about our proud medal winners and their ICAS experience

Port Macquarie sisters awarded
high honour in ICAS 2021


Matilda and Hannah Stewart from Hastings Secondary College in Port Macquarie have received high honour as part of the ICAS 2021.


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Defending the truth pays off for
NZ top year 9 Writing pupil


Otago Girls’ High School pupil Lauren Gibbens achieved the top NZ score in the ICAS year 9 Writing assessment with a compelling short essay on whether it is ever morally right to lie.


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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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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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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.
Learn more
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