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How to Help Your Child Survive NAPLAN

February 7, 2017



1. Encourage them to read. It doesn't matter what they are reading. Newspapers, magazines, blogs, textbooks, novels or picture books with written text. Through reading your child is expanding their vocabulary and viewing correctly spelt words. 


2. Introduce them to a Thesaurus. Synonyms are a clever way to increase your word base. 


3. A tip: During the NAPLAN writing paper encourage them to spell correctly and use sophisticated language. If they can think of a 'bigger word' and your child can spell it correctly, then this is the option they should take for most of their chosen vocabulary within the written piece.


4. Practice examinations are a must to reduce stress. Why? A student will feel more comfortable when they are aware of the look and layout of an examination. By completing practice papers, they will also be informed of how long it takes them to answer each section. Then they can adjust their timing to suit - either speed up or they can take their time. By completing practice questions, your child will also feel at ease with the questions that will be asked. 


5. Spelling tests should also be used to encourage the extension of your child's vocabulary and to promote correct spelling. 


6. Encourage the use of paragraphing when they are writing. One paragraph of writing will not be favoured. Three or more paragraphs would be suggested. Please note 'three' should be the minimum. 


7. Practice papers can be found at:


Best of Luck,