About the Assessments

The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) is an independent, skills-based assessment program which recognises and rewards student achievement. ICAS is unique, being the most comprehensive generally available suite of academic assessments for primary and secondary school students.. The assessments comprise eight Digital Technologies tests, eleven Englishtests, eleven Maths tests, eleven Science tests, six Spelling tests and ten Writing tests.

For more than 30 years, Educational Assessment Australia (EAA) has continuously improved and enhanced ICAS. Today, this experience means ICAS is a 21st century quality assessment the keeps pace with classroom learning.

A new ICAS test is developed annually for each subject in each year level by our team of subject matter experts. All ICAS tests are reviewed by experienced teachers to ensure that they accurately assess students’ skills and are relevant to what they are learning at school. Some schools use ICAS as a psychometric test to better understand what students can and can’t do at a point in time and track learning as students’ progress from year to year. Other schools use ICAS results as a component of a student’s overall academic achievement for the year and, still others use ICAS as a placement test. Each test is sat at the student’s school and is invigilated by teachers under normal examination conditions.

Administration Guidelines are provided to the schools with the ICAS papers to ensure that the same conditions are afforded to all students sitting ICAS.

Over one million student entries are accepted from over 6,300 schools in Australia and New Zealand annually. In addition, students from over 20 countries including Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and the USA participate in ICAS each year.

Your child has the opportunity to be involved in the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) here at Howick Intermediate.

Registrations take place in March.  Click here to download the form

Assessments will be held for different sjubects throughout the year:



Digital Technologies

Tuesday 8 May



Tuesday 29 May



Wednesday 13 June 



Thursday 14 June



Tuesday 31 July



Tuesday 14 August


Cost for all of the above



If you have any further questions, please contact Miss Storm de Villiers via email