Competitions for Students

Students at Kingston Heath Primary School have the opportunity to participate in The University of New South Wales International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS).

ICAS assessments have taken place annually in schools for over thirty years and in 20 countries. Educational Assessment Australia (EAA), who design and deliver the assessments, is the not-for-profit arm of the University of New South Wales.


  • is an annual skills development assessment program in key areas of learning for students in Years 2-12; assessments are available in Digital Technologies (Computer Skills), English, Mathematics, Science, Spelling and Writing
  • gathers performance information through a 30–60 minute supervised in-school test
  • provides a continuous, independent and comprehensive record of a student’s performance, and maps their development over the full period of primary and secondary schooling
  • enables the progress of each student to be mapped in each skill against their previous performance, demonstrating personal improvement no matter the starting point
  • uses fellow students’ results as a reference point; results are mapped against all students sitting at the same year level in Australia
  • provides an excellent preparation for national testing
  • enables students at all levels of ability to participate; ICAS contains questions designed to specifically explore the abilities of students of all standards – this includes those of both lower and higher levels of achievement
  • medals are awarded to the top students in each subject in each school year in each state when sufficiently meritorious and the test was sat on the official test date
  • achievement certificates are awarded to all students at a range of levels:
  1. High Distinction to the top 1% of students
  2. Distinction to the next 10% of students
  3. Credit to the next 25% of students
  4. Merit to the next 10% of students
  5. Participation to all other students
  • results are available to parents and students online; these online reports and analyses remain available indefinitely. ICAS reports indicate which questions were answered correctly, compare student performance to that of the other students tested and are highly suitable for inclusion in a student’s portfolio for future tertiary entrance or job opportunities
  • entries are administered through the school, so teachers can also access the information

For more information about ICAS go to, contact Customer Service on (02) 8344 1010 or send an email to

Your child can also prepare for ICAS using Practice Online. Practice Online tests are available for English, Mathematics and Science. Find out more about Practice Online at