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VALID Science & Technology Exam (Yr 6)
September 5 @ 9:00 am - 10:50 am
The Validation of Assessment for Learning & Individual Development (VALID) test for Year
6 students will be held for Year 6 on Monday 5th September. If students are absent on the day they will have the chance to do a catch-up exam during that week.
The test takes approximately 60 minutes. The VALID Science & Technology 6 test is an
interactive, multimedia test completed entirely on a computer.
VALID Science & Technology 6 contains multiple choice, short response and extended
response tasks that are grouped around real-world issues, including scientific investigations
and design problems. This is a diagnostic test, with tasks framed on Stage 3 outcomes and
essential content in the NSW Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus (2017). Students will
be tested on their:
• knowledge and understanding of science and technology
• understanding and skills in the process of scientific investigation and design processes
• ability to evaluate evidence, make judgements and think critically
• ability to access information and communicate scientific ideas.
Students also complete a survey about their opinions, attitudes and values about
science and technology.
VALID Science & Technology 6 contains audio, so each student needs to bring suitable
headphones or earbuds that connect to a device. Schools will indicate if students need
their own device.
If your child has a disability that needs special consideration or has been educated in English
for less than one year, please contact your child’s school to discuss special provisions or
exemption from the test.
Results of the test will be available during Term 4, 2022. Information about each student is
treated confidentially and held securely to ensure that the right to privacy of all students is
maintained. A personalised electronic report describing the knowledge and skills
demonstrated by your child in the test will be available from their school. There will also be
information about how your child’s results compare with overall performance of all students
in the test across NSW.