Education: Test your numeracy and literacy skills with sample questions from past NAPLAN exams for Year 9 school students

Are your numeracy and writing skills as good as those of a Year 9 student? Would you be able to pass the NAPLAN tests for writing, reading, numeracy, spelling and grammar if you had to sit for them?

Here are some sample questions from past papers that 14-year-olds had to sit for. Take the test to see how well you remember the conventions you were taught at school. 

1.

“I didn’t know the answer to the question of what it means to be Australian until quite ___________,” said Shanaka.

(a) recently (b) before (c) now (d) soon

2.

To be Australian _________________welcoming of others. It is to encourage each other to shine and to reach our full potential.”

(a) is I think to be, (b) is, I think to be (c) is I think, to be (d) is, I think, to be

3.

A ticket costs $ 75. A fee of 10 per cent is added to the price. Which calculation will give the new price? (no calculator)

(a) 75 + 10 (b) 75 + 0.1 (c)75 × 0.1 (d) 75 × 1.1

4.

Jade buys a 500 gram bag of beads at a market. Each bead has a mass of 0.48 grams. Which of these is the best estimate for the number of beads in the 500 gram bag? (no calculator)

(a) 100 (b) 250 (c) 1000 (d) 2500

5.

Which sentence is correct?

(a) Helen paid for that tickets with my money.

(b) Helen paid for this tickets with my money.

(c) Helen paid for them tickets with my money.

(d) Helen paid for those tickets with my money.

6.

Which sentence is correct?

(a) Regarding Nell, my tennis skills are quite basic.

(b) In regards to Nell, my tennis skills are quite basic.

(c) Comparing with Nell’s, my tennis skills are quite basic.

(d) In comparison with Nell’s, my tennis skills are quite basic.

7.

A number of students were asked this question: “How many cousins do you have?” The lowest answer given was 6. The highest answer given was 20. The total of all the answers given was 50. What is the smallest number of students who could have been asked? (no calculator)

__________ students

8.

Which sentence has the correct punctuation?

(a) “Sorry I’m late, he apologised, but my car wouldn’t start.”

(b) “Sorry I’m late” he apologised “but my car wouldn’t start.”

(c) “Sorry I’m late,” he apologised, “but my car wouldn’t start.”

(d) “Sorry I’m late,” he apologised, “But my car wouldn’t start.”

9.

A copier prints 1200 leaflets. One-third of the leaflets are on yellow paper and the rest are on blue paper. There are smudges on 5% of the blue leaflets. How many blue leaflets have smudges? (No calculator)

(a) 40 (b) 60 (c) 400 (d) 800

10.

The height of a door is 210cm. Darren is 5/6 of the height of the door. What is Darren’s height? (no calculator) 

___________ cm

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ANSWERS: 

Here’s the moment of truth. How well did you score? 

  1. d
  2. d
  3. c
  4. d
  5. d
  6. 4
  7. c
  8. a
  9. 175