Educational Assessment Australia (EAA) is a leading international educational assessment organisation specialising in large-scale measurement and assessment programs in Australia and over 20 countries globally. EAA has been involved in educational measurement in Australia since 1967 and is the largest independent provider of school assessments in the region. Whilst EAA contracts its assessment and measurement services to governments, industry and the education sector, its suite of International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) are the most widely known of its proprietary products and is delivered in schools throughout Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
What is ICAS?
The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) are independent skills-based assessments with a competition element. Commonly referred to as the UNSW tests, ICAS is unique, being the most comprehensive generally available suite of academic assessments and school tests for primary and secondary school students. The assessments comprises of:
A new ICAS test is developed annually for each subject in each year level by a team of subject matter experts. All ICAS tests are reviewed by experienced teachers to ensure that they accurately assess students’ skills and are relevant to what they are learning at school. Schools use ICAS results as a component of a student’s overall academic achievement for the year.
Each test is sat at the school and is invigilated by teachers under normal examination conditions.
What the results mean:
HIGH DISTINCTION (in the top 1% of all participants)
DISTINCTION (in the next 10% of participants)
CREDIT (in the next 25% of students)
MERIT (in the next 10% of participants)
PARTICIPATION (the rest of the participants)