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.
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|
|4||The Level 4 ACER Certificate test is appropriate for above average Year 9 or 10 students and for average Year 11 or 12 students|
|3||The Level 3 ACER Certificate test is appropriate for above average Year 7 or 8 students and for average Year 9 or 10 students|
|2||The Level 2 ACER Certificate test is appropriate for above average Year 5 or 6 students and for average Year 7 or 8 students|
|1||The Level 1 ACER Certificate test is appropriate for above average Year 3 or 4 students and for average Year 5 or 6 students|
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|
Number and place value
Fractions and decimals
Money and financial mathematics
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)
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|
Locate conspicuous information
Locate embedded information
Interpret explicit information
Interpret implied information
Reflect on ideas
Reflect on form
Mixed and non-continuous text, including diagrams, tables, maps and lists