Want to know about the OLNA?

Some students in Years 10 and 11 are about to sit the second round of the OLNA. You may have heard about it, but are not sure what it means to your child.

OLNA is the acronym for the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment, which some students will use to demonstrate they have achieved the required standard of literacy and numeracy for their Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE). The School Curriculum and Standards Authority awards the WACE at the end of Year 12 to students who have met all the requirements. You can find more about the requirements on the Authority website at www.scsa.wa.edu.au.

Some students pre-qualify for the literacy and numeracy requirement through their performance in the Year 9 NAPLAN test. We will inform you whether your child needs to the sit the OLNA, which is held in March and September each year, starting in Year 10. This means students will have up to six opportunities before the end of Year 12 to demonstrate the standard.

The OLNA has three components – reading, writing and numeracy. The reading and numeracy components comprise 60 multiple‐choice questions; the writing component is an extended response of up to 600 words. Students are allowed 60 minutes for each assessment. The table below provides a quick guide to each component.

Numeracy Reading Writing
Number of Questions 60 1 (600 word limit)
Question type Multiple-choice Open-ended
Mode Online point and click Typed online
Time 60 minutes (standard)
Delivery Randomised 1 of 3 forms Randomised 1 of 2 forms
Adjustments Extra time and pause (variable)

To prepare our students for the sorts of questions they can expect and to familiarise them with the online assessment software, we will provide access to a practice test on a secure website.

For students with special needs, we have guidelines to help set the appropriate conditions for equal access.

If you want to know more, go to the School Curriculum and Standards Authority website at www.scsa.wa.edu.au and look under Senior Secondary > Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment. There you will find a lot more information, answers to frequently asked questions and a brief video. You can also send questions to olna@scsa.wa.edu.au