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OLNA Information and Preparation

24 August 2021

Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA) is an online literacy and numeracy assessment. It is designed to enable students to successfully meet the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) requirement of demonstrating the minimum standard of literacy and numeracy.

Minimum standard of Literacy and Numeracy

To successfully meet the literacy and numeracy requirement, students must demonstrate the skills regarded as essential to meet the demands of everyday life and work in a knowledge-based economy. These skills must be demonstrated in Literacy (reading and writing) and Numeracy.

Pre-qualification
  • Students who have achieved Band 8 or higher in any of the three (3) components of reading, writing and numeracy in their Year 9 NAPLAN are acknowledged as having demonstrated proficiency in using a range of ACSF Level 3 skills in that component, and will not be required to sit the corresponding OLNA test.
The Tests
  • Students that have to sit the OLNA tests have six (6) attempts to pass – two testing sessions occur in years 10, 11 and 12.
  • Students experiencing difficulty in passing any of the OLNA tests are assisted at school with areas of weakness.
Key Dates
  • Monday 30 August – Writing Assessment (60 minutes)
  • Monday 6 September – Numeracy Assessment (50 minutes)
  • Monday 13 September – Reading Assessment (50 minutes)

**If you child is absent on the day/s of testing, please notify our Curriculum Coordinator Ms Kelly Bond.

Preparing for OLNA
  • All students in Year 10, 11 and 12 who are required to sit an OLNA assessment have been notified by email in which the specific assessments required are outlined.
  • Students need to be able to demonstrate their capabilities in numeracy and literacy.
  • It is important to note that OLNA tests skills that are taught in the classroom every day, but some students require additional help to reach the benchmark set by the Authority.
  • To reduce any stress in OLNA preparation, students are encouraged to seek guidance and feedback regularly from their classroom teachers in further developing their skills for these key areas.
  • Seeking advice, using the feedback given and most of all, practicing the skills required in the OLNA testing are critical to being successful in demonstrating mastery of the Reading, Writing and Numeracy skills that are being tested.
Support for students

The English and Mathematics Learning Areas provide many opportunities and resources for students to develop, enhance and master their skills in Literacy and Numeracy. Students who require additional help can access the following:

  1. Numeracy and Literacy Development Courses that target specific and relevant skills
  2. A comprehensive bank of questions available on the OLNA website using the USERNAME 1223 and PASSWORD prac14 
  3. On the SEQTA cover page for every English course, you will find a ‘Quick-Help’ document that will guide students through their OLNA Literacy assessments. On the SEQTA cover page for every Mathematics course, students will find another bank of questions to practice targeted Numeracy skills that represent ‘typical’ OLNA questions.
College tutorials 

Further to all of these resources, our College is also committed to providing tutorials to assist in the development of numeracy and literacy skills. These tutorials and any additional materials that will become available will be communicated to students and their parents in a timely manner prior to the OLNA testing dates.

Who can I ask for help? 

The key people to support your child in preparation for their OLNA assessments are:

  • Their English and Mathematics teachers,
  • Leaders of English and Mathematics
  • Leaders of Wellbeing for Year 10, 11 and 12 and of course
  • Director of Teaching and Learning, Mr Michael Conneely.

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