Dear Student,

Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment.

Students who have yet to achieve Band 8 in any of the three components of reading, writing and numeracy in the 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.

In 2023 the student will have two opportunities to sit and pass one, two or three components. The numeracy component comprises 45 multiple‐choice/single-response questions, and students have 50 minutes to complete the assessment. The reading component is also 50 minutes duration, whereas the writing is 60 minutes. To source the timetable for olna testing, please access this address:  


To assist the student in developing the necessary skills to complete all components of OLNA, a specialised self-directed learning program, paired with small group and individual tutoring from school, will help students succeed. Engagement in this program will depend on the student’s 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 the student’s background knowledge in each area, a check of their ability to advance those skills to problem solve, a skills development module and graduated practice tests.

The reading is like the math’s, whereby the student has three skill builder-type assessments followed by a full practice that replicates what the student can expect in the true olna tests. There are six repeats of this process. The final component is writing. Students can practice many prompts and then check their texts with the correct category three samples.

The student’s task is to work systematically through the program until they have mastered the essential skills that will help them pass the OLNA.

Good luck

OLNAWA Coordinator