FAQ

In what year level should I register my students for ICAS?

The students should be registered according to their year level when they sit for ICAS in September 2015. For instance, in February, the students are in grade 4, thus they should be registered as grade 5, because they will sit in grade 5 in ICAS sitting dates in September.

Will students have specific books or study materials to learn from?

No. The skills being tested will reflect the appropriate level in the learning curve expected to be achieved by the student at the target age group. The question will be based on the universal curricular and co-curricular syllabi including textbooks, lab notes, projects and other sources. Should you need ICAS past papers for practice, please contact 021-300 27 095 - 99 or email info@icasindonesia.com.

Why is it good to take an external assessment?

An external assessment removes even a faint trace of subjectivity that stems from familiarity between a teacher and their students. An external view, especially from a global body, reflects a collective and objective world view of a student’s performance. Exposing the students to international testing patterns prepares them to become global players.

What action can be planned after you have received the results?

Students

After knowing exactly which skill area they are weak in, they can

  • Focus on learning the concept better
  • Revisit the fundamentals of the concept
  • Spend some time practising the application of the concept
  • Read more books to improve their comprehension skills

 

Schools

  • Discuss with the concerned teacher if a particular class shows a weakness in the understanding of one particular concept uniformly
  • Discuss with parents of children whose results cause anxiety
  • Plan remedial sessions with individual groups to overcome their weakness in particular skill areas

 

Parents

  • Give support to nurture their child’s core strengths
  • Plan remedial lessons with teachers to help their child's weak areas
Which curriculum does ICAS refer to?

ICAS does not refer to any curriculum but each ICAS subject has been aligned to its own assessment framework. These frameworks were developed by carefully examining the curriculum of each Australian state and indentifying common content, skills and overarching principles. In addition curriculum documents from other countries, including New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom were looked at. This process of identifying the common aspects of each subject across Australia and overseas curricula has allowed ICAS to operate independently of any given curriculum while remaining relevant to what is taught in classrooms.

What do the labels A, B, C, D etc on the ICAS test booklets stand for?

ICAS is used in a growing number of countries. As year-level names vary across countries, it is simpler to code the ICAS booklets as A, B, C, D etc and provide a key to identify the relevant year-level for each country.

My school has never participated in ICAS before. How do we enter?

Your school can register with UTC to participate in ICAS at http://icasindonesia.co.id/page/new-school

What do I do with the ICAS booklets once my students have sat? Do I return them back to EAA?

No. After the ICAS Subject has been sat please place the booklets in a secure place. Once reports and results are received at your school, you can then hand the booklets back to the students or use them as past papers. Please do not send used booklets back to UTC.

Can a parent enter a child for ICAS independently of our school?

No. Entry to ICAS is school-based only. UTC is unable to accept requests from parents to enrol their child into an ICAS subject unless the child is being home-schooled in a registered home school.

Who writes the ICAS papers?

Questions used in ICAS papers are written by EAA assessment staff, experienced classroom teachers and subject matter experts. These writers utilise a wide range of materials and resources to ensure the questions are current, relevant and engaging for the students.

What is the review process for choosing questions?

All items are peer-reviewed by an external panel. This panel consists of practising classroom teachers and subject matter experts, including university academics. This panel considers the validity, reliability and currency of each assessment item. Once ratified by the external panel, the questions are placed in tests. All tests maintain a balance of items taking into account the difficulty of the questions and the strands, topics and skills tested.

What information will parents get about their child's achievements?

The School will be sent a Student Report and certificate for each child. These can be sent home and/or contribute to the student portfolio. This report provides accessible diagnostic information about the student's performance and highlights any strengths or weaknesses.

Where will results be sent?

All reports, and certificates are sent to the school in the first instance. Results are also available online. To access this facility, parents and their children will need their TAP ID's and passwords to log in. The TAP ID is printed on the student report and is valid for all ICAS subject results.

Are ICAS results available online?

Yes. EAA has a secure, interactive site that allows you to view and analyse your school and student data.
Log in to the School Portal at: www.eaa.unsw.edu.au/school-portal with your EAA school code and password to access your results online. Please note the school results are available only to participating schools, their Principals and the ICAS subject coordinators.

When will ICAS test booklets become available as past papers?

Past papers for ICAS Digital Technologies, English, Mathematics and Science are available for purchase online or by order from April the following year.

Can I obtain a copy of my student's ICAS Writing script?

Yes. Please contact Customer Service for more information. There will be a charge for this service.