Educational Assessment Australia



The subjects assessed in the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) are Digital Technologies, English, Mathematics, Science, Spelling and Writing. Each year, a team of subject experts develop the tests with reference to the curriculum. Our experts write skills-based assessments designed to assess the level of competency a student possesses in each subject area.

For more information on the individual subject areas, click on the corresponding subject icon below.
Digital TechnologiesDigital Technologies General computer skills drawn from a range of curriculum areas and focussing on a variety of computing contexts, including:
  • Common operating systems and hardware
  • Graphics and multimedia
  • Internet and email
  • Programming and scripting
  • Spreadsheets and databases
  • Word processing
EnglishEnglish Reading and language skills in a range of texts. Students are required to locate, identify, interpret, infer and synthesise information in and about texts, focusing on the aspects of:
  • Reading for meaning in factual texts
  • Reading for meaning in literary texts
  • Syntax
  • Textual devices
  • Vocabulary
MathematicsMathematics Mathematical skills in a range of contexts from the following areas:
  • Algebra and patterns
  • Chance and data
  • Measures and units
  • Number and arithmetic
  • Space and geometry

Scientific skills in the subject contexts of Earth and Beyond, Energy and Change, Life and Living, Natural and Processed Materials.

The skills are from the following areas:

  • Interpreting data
  • Investigating
  • Measuring and observing
  • Predicting/Concluding from data
  • Reasoning/Problem solving
SpellingSpelling Spelling of words that range from simple spelling patterns to difficult or unusual spelling patterns, in four different contexts:
  • Applying rules and conventions
  • Dictation
  • Error correction
  • Proofreading
WritingWriting Constructing an aspect of a narrative text or a form of persuasive writing, demonstrating:
  • Language choices that enhance the writing
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Syntax and grammar
  • Text purpose and structure