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.
Will students have specific books or materials to study for the ICAS?
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.
What is the benefit of taking ICAS?
An external assessment such as ICAS 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 are the interventions after a student has received the results?
After knowing exactly which skill set they are weak in, they can:
- Focus on learning the concept better
- Revisit the fundamentals of the concept
- Spend time practicing the application of the concept
- Read up on relevant books to improve their skills
- Provide parental support to nurture their child’s core strengths
- Plan for programmes in consultation with teachers to improve their child’s weakness on the particular skill set.
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 identifying 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.