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ICAS Information 2017

Registrations for ICAS 2017 across all subjects have now closed.

Arrowtown School is again providing the opportunity for pupils in Years 3-8 to take part in ICAS (pronounced "eye-kass") this year.  Arrowtown students will compete against equivalent age students from the Pacific Region annually.  In addition students from over 20 countries including Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and the USA participate in ICAS each year.

ICAS provides an opportunity for Year 3 students in the area of Science, Spelling, English and Mathematics. Years 4-8 provides opportunity in the areas of Digital Technologies, Science, Writing, Spelling, English and Mathematics.

Every student who enters the ICAS receives a certificate acknowledging their results:
  •      High Distinction Certificate - the top 1% of participants
  •      Distinction Certificate - the next 10% of participants
  •      Credit Certificate - the next 25% of participants
  •      Merit Certificate - the next 10% of participants
  •      Participation Certificate for all remaining participants
     [All certificates are accompanied with an analysis of entrants score]

Detailed information on ICAS can be found here.

ICAS is an initiative of Educational Assessment Australia (EAA). EAA is a not for profit organisation owned by the University of New South Wales and operating for over 20 years.

We've created some answers to Frequently Asked Questions below - if you still cannot find what you are looking for, please get in touch with Rosemary Sutherland, our ICAS coordinator.

ICAS FAQ's

Is ICAS based on the New Zealand curriculum?
No, they are based on a general assessment curriculum (developed from each national curriculum by the University of New South Wales) and therefore the exams are assessing common developmental themes in each subject area.

Does Arrowtown School record the results?
Whilst we celebrate the success of students involved in ICAS, it is important to know that the results from ICAS is not integral to our Arrowtown School assessment and evaluation procedures, which is why it is optional.

Can I enter my child independently into ICAS?
No. ICAS is only available for school-based entry only

What are the dates and costs for ICAS in 2017?
These are all on our parent calendar, as well as listed below:
Digital Technologies, Tuesday 23rd May, $9.50
Science, Tuesday 30th May, $9.50
Writing, in the week of Monday 12th June, $20.50
Spelling, Wednesday 14th June, $11.50
English, Year 7-8, Monday 31st August, $9.50
English, Year 4-6, Tuesday 1st August, $9.50
Mathematics, Year 7-8, Monday 14th August, $9.50
Mathematics, Year 4-6, Tuesday 15th August, $9.50

Can I help prepare my child for ICAS?
There are free practice questions that you can access online via the ICAS website.

Have you got any old copies of ICAS exams?
We do have a few, please contact Rosemary if you wish to access these.

What sort of things do the exams cover?
Have a look at the ICAS subject areas to get more detail on this. The one that seems to be different to what students might be expecting, is the subject of Digital Technologies.

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