Educational Assessment Australia

ICAS

Science

The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) Science assesses students’ skills in the key scientific areas of:

  • Interpreting data, including observing, measuring and interpreting diagrams, tables and graphs
  • Applying data, including inferring, predicting and concluding
  • Higher order skills, including investigating, reasoning and problem solving

The papers will cover content on:


  • Earth and Beyond (incorporating the Earth Sciences and Astronomy).
  • Energy and Change (incorporating Physics).
  • Life and Living (incorporating Biology and Ecology).
  • Natural and Processed Materials (incorporating Chemistry).

To find out more about the science skills assessed, download a PDF version of the ICAS Science assessment framework.

Test Structure

Paper Breakdown of Questions Test Duration
Introductory 30 multiple choice 45 minutes
A 30 multiple choice 45 minutes
B 30 multiple choice 45 minutes
C 40 multiple choice 55 minutes
D 40 multiple choice 55 minutes
E 45 multiple choice 1 hour
F 45 multiple choice 1 hour
G 45 multiple choice 1 hour
H 45 multiple choice 1 hour
I 45 multiple choice 1 hour
J 45 multiple choice 1 hour

Paper to year level conversion table

ICAS now covers Year 2.

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