The International Competitions and Assessments for schools (ICAS) provide opportunities for all Year 3-12 students to gain a measure of their own achievement in an external testing situation.
It provides teachers, parents and students with comprehensive reporting of results in the areas of Computer Skills, English, Mathematics, Science, Spelling and Writing.
All students receive a certificate and an individual student report indicating which questions they answered correctly and their score compared with the rest of the students tested.
UNSW certificates are awarded for each year level as follows:
· High Distinction to the top 1% of entrants
· Distinction to the next 10% of entrants
· Credit to the next 25% of entrants
· Participation to all other participating students.
A UNSW Global medal is awarded when the highest score in each year level, in each state is judged to be sufficiently meritorious.
The entry fee per student ranges from $8.00 to $18.00 per test, depending on the subject.
In 2012 the school council has covered the cost for the Mathematics Test for all children in Years 3 to 6.