Selecting ACER Certificate test levels

Research demonstrates that in any given school year level, student achievement in Mathematics and Reading can vary as much as six years in ability []. The ACER Certificates in Mathematics and Reading assess knowledge and skills independent of school year level.

The ACER Certificates level for each student must be nominated by the teacher, parent or guardian at the time of registration. ACER encourages students to work with their teacher and family to select the ACER Certificates level which will both challenge them and enable them to experience success.

http://www.alea.edu.au/documents/item/896

Note: ACER Certificates test level recommendations are only a guide and should be considered separately for Mathematics and Reading.

ACER Certificate test level Recommended ACER Certificate test levels based on Australian student achievement
5 (planned)The Level 5 ACER Certificate test is appropriate for above average Year 11 or 12 students
4The Level 4 ACER Certificate test is appropriate for above average Year 9 or 10 students and for average Year 11 or 12 students
3The Level 3 ACER Certificate test is appropriate for above average Year 7 or 8 students and for average Year 9 or 10 students
2The Level 2 ACER Certificate test is appropriate for above average Year 5 or 6 students and for average Year 7 or 8 students
1The Level 1 ACER Certificate test is appropriate for above average Year 3 or 4 students and for average Year 5 or 6 students

ACER Certificate in Mathematics

The ACER Certificate in Mathematics assesses students’ mathematical and numeracy skills. Number and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability are assessed. The assessment tasks provide information about students’ mathematical knowledge, as well as their ability to apply their knowledge and reasoning skills to solve everyday problems.

Number and Algebra Measurement and geometry Statistics and Probability
Content assessed

Number and place value

Fractions and decimals

Money and financial mathematics

Algebra

Units of measurement and geometric reasoning

Time and shape

Location and transformation

Statistics and Probability
Cognitive skill assessed

Knowing (fact recall)

Applying (applying known facts)

Reasoning (putting things together to solve a problem)

ACER Certificate in Reading

The ACER Certificate in Reading assesses students’ reading comprehension skills. The tests use increasingly complex narrative, information and persuasive texts that range from familiar contexts with simple vocabulary to unfamiliar contexts with technical and sophisticated vocabulary. Students are assessed on four key skills: finding information, inferring and interpreting meaning, critiquing and reflecting on the ideas and information presented, and vocabulary.

Finding information Interpreting meaning Critique and review Vocabulary
Skills assessed

Locate conspicuous information

Locate embedded information

Interpret explicit information

Interpret implied information

Reflect on ideas

Reflect on form

Classify

Contextualise

Text types

Narrative

Information

Persuasive

Text format

Continuous text

Mixed and non-continuous text, including diagrams, tables, maps and lists

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