Dear Student,

Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment.

Students who have not achieved Band 8 in any of the three components of reading, writing and numeracy in their Year 9 NAPLAN are determined  as not having mastered a range of numeracy/literacy skills  and will  be required to sit the corresponding OLNA component.

The numeracy component comprises 45 multiple‐choice/single response questions and students have 50 minutes to complete the assessment. The reading component is also of 50 minutes duration whereas the writing is 60 minutes. In 2017 the student will have two opportunities to sit and pass one, two or three components: Round One is scheduled between 7 – 24 March and Round Two between 27 August – 14 September.


To assist you to develop the necessary skills to complete all components of OLNA, a specialised self-directed learning program, paired with small group and individual tutoring from your school will help you succeed.  Your engagement in this program relies on your motivation to achieve the necessary skills to graduate from high school.

This online mathematics program is divided into 6 Units:

  • Time,
  • Number,
  • Measurement,
  • Stats & Probability,
  • Space, and Direction
  • Ratio & Rates.

Each Unit has been developed with a progression of tools to work through, including an assessment of your background knowledge in each area, a quick check of your skills, a skills development module and a graduated practice sheet.

The reading is similar to the maths, whereby the student has two skill builder type assessments followed by a full practise that replicates what the student can expect in the true olna tests. There are four repeats of this process. The final component is writing. Students have the opportunity to practice many prompts and then check their texts with true category three samples.

Your task is to work systematically through the program until you have mastered the essential skills that will aid you in your quest to pass the OLNA.

Good luck

OLNAWA Coordinator