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Some students in Years 10, 11 and 12 may need to sit the OLNA. You may have heard about it, but are not sure what it means to your child.

The OLNA is an online literacy and numeracy assessment. It is designed to enable students to demonstrate the minimum standard of literacy and numeracy. This is a requirement to achieve the 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.

Some students prequalify for the literacy and numeracy requirement through their performance in the Year 9 NAPLAN where they have achieve Band 8 or above in literacy and numeracy. The school will inform you as to 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 required standard.

The OLNA has three components – reading, writing and numeracy. The reading and numeracy components comprise 45 multiple‐choice questions; the writing component is an extended response of up to 600 words. Students are allowed 50 minutes for the reading and numeracy components and 60 minutes for the writing. The table below provides a quick guide to each component.

Numeracy Reading Writing
Number of Questions 45 1 (600 word limit)
Question Type Multiple-choice Open-ended
Mode Online point and click Typed online
Time 50 minutes 60 minutes
Delivery Randomised 1 of 3 forms Randomised 1 of 2 forms
Adjustments Extra time, pause, coloured background and higher quality images


To prepare our students for the sorts of questions they can expect and to familiarise them with the online assessment software, we provide access to practice and example tests on a secure website. Click here to be redirected to practice and example tests. Please use username: 4163 and password prac14 to access the tests.

If you want to know more, visit www.scsa.wa.edu.au and look under Years 11 and 12 > Assessment > OLNA. On the left side is a menu with links for Students, Parents and Carers which includes information, answers to frequently asked questions and a brief video. There is also a link for details on Disability Adjustments and the Practise examples and tests. You can also send questions to olna@scsa.wa.edu.au.