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From the Director of Administration – Newsletter Edition 09, 2020

Dear Parents

OLNA stands for the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment. In order to demonstrate the required literacy and numeracy standards for the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), some students are expected to sit this assessment. The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (Authority) awards the WACE at the end of Year 12 to students who have met all the requirements. You can find more about the requirements on the Authority website at www.scsa.wa.edu.au under Years 11 and 12 > The WACE > WACE Requirements.

Due to the cancellation of NAPLAN 2020 and therefore the loss of the opportunity to prequalify for the WACE literacy and numeracy requirement, the current Year 9 students are being provided with an opportunity to sit the OLNA in 2020. All schools, that will be administering the OLNA 2020 Year 9 round, are required to follow the same policies and procedures as outlined in the OLNA Handbook.

In Week 2 of Term 3 we will inform you of the dates, times and rooms that your child will sit the OLNA, which is held in Week 4 of this term for Year 9 students and in Week 7 for any Year 10 and 11 students. This means students will have up to seven opportunities before the end of Year 12 to meet the requirement.

The OLNA has three components—reading, writing and numeracy. The reading and numeracy components comprise 45 multiple‐choice questions; the writing component is an extended response of up to 600 words. Students are allowed 50 minutes for the reading and numeracy components and 60 minutes for the writing. The table below provides an overview of the components.

 

Numeracy Reading Writing
Number of Questions 45 1 (600 word limit)
Question type Multiple-choice Open-ended
Mode Online point and click Typed online
Time 50 minutes 60 minutes
Delivery Randomised forms Randomised forms
Adjustments Extra time, pause, coloured background and higher quality images

To prepare our students for the types of questions they can expect and to familiarise them with the online assessment platform, we provide access to practise and example tests on a secure website. The link to the secure website for the practice and example tests is available on the Authority website at www.scsa.wa.edu.au under Years 11 and 12 > Assessment > OLNA > Practice and Example Tests.

For students with a disability, we have guidelines to help determine the appropriate adjustments for equal access. Information about disability adjustments is available on the Authority website under Years 11 and 12 > Assessment > Disability Adjustment Guidelines

Students who do not demonstrate the literacy and numeracy standard by the time they exit senior secondary schooling can apply to the Authority to re-sit the OLNA at any age.

If you want to know more, go to the Authority’s website and look under Years 11 and 12 > Assessment > OLNA. There you will find more information, answers to frequently asked questions and a brief video. You can also send questions to olna@scsa.wa.edu.au.

Kind regards

Tamara COWAN
Director of Administration

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