International Competitions and Assessment for Schools (ICAS Exams)

Queenspark School will be again offering the opportunity for pupils in Year Levels 4,5,6,7 and 8 to take part in an Australasian academic competition this year. For more than 20 years, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) has been conducting the International Competitions and Assessment for schools.

Queenspark students will compete against equivalent age students from over 6,300 schools in Australia and New Zealand annually.  In addition students from over 20 countries including Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and the USA participate in ICAS each year.

Every student who enters the ICAS receives a certificate acknowledging their results.

High Distinction Certificate the top 1% of participants
Distinction Certificate the next 10% of participants
Credit Certificate the next 25% of participants
Merit Certificate the next 10% of participants
Participation Certificate for all remaining participants (not listed below)

Certificates are accompanied with an analysis of entrants score.

Before each actual test date there will be a pre-exam session to help entrants familiarize themselves with the test procedure and to answer any concerns they might have. students will receive copies of exams from previous years to take home and practice.

Students wishing to enter one or more of the competition subject areas must complete the ICAS Enrty Form 2016 and hand it in at the school office with payment. Initially entry forms will be sent home with Years 4 to 8 students. The school office will have spare school entry forms. Costs and dates are as follows: –

2018 Dates will be here soon. Please complete an entry form and take to the school office with payment.
Science $8.50 4 to 8
Writing $19.50 4 to 8
Spelling $10.50 4 to 8
English $8.50 4 to 8
Mathematics $8.50 4 to 8

Pre-Exam sessions will be held approx a week before the exam date depending on classroom timetables.

The exams are not based on the New Zealand curriculum. They are based on a general assessment curriculum (developed from each national curriculum by the University of New South Wales) and therefore the exams are assessing common developmental themes in each subject area. High Distinction and Distinction achievement certificates are presented at our whole school assembly. Remaining certificates are presented at Learning Team Assemblies.

NB: The certificates are posted to each school. We have however experienced delays of up to two months in the past.  Once they arrive to school we will announce and give to students in Assembly.

Please contact Tony Mabin (ext:719) if you require further information. Visit the ICAS website for more details about the ICAS organisation and what it offers exam entrants: www.eaa.unsw.edu.au