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Assessment date: Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Entries close: Tuesday, 21 June 2016
Entry fee: RM40.00
* For all tests conducted from April 2015, prices have been revised to
reflect the Malaysian Governments mandatory imposition of GST.
If you have difficulties with these dates, please contact us immediately.
Aims of the Assessment
The aims of the ICAS (English) are to:

Provide an opportunity for all students to gain a measure of their

own achievement in an external assessment situation
Monitor individual progress in a range of subject-related skills
Recognise and reward achievement at all levels
Provide students, parents and teachers with a comprehensive
analysis of student performance
How many years are assessed?
There are nine papers:

Std 2: 40 minutes/35 items

Std 3: 45 minutes/45 items
Std 4: 45 minutes/45 items
Std 5: 50 minutes/50 items
Std 6: 50 minutes/50 items
Form 1: 55 minutes/55 items
Form 2: 55 minutes/55 items
Forms 3/4: 1 hour/60 items
Form 5/Lower 6/Upper 6: 1 hour/60 items
All students should sit the paper for the year in which they are currently
If you are unsure about the appropriate paper for your students, please
contact us.
Each year level is marked as a separate group. The competition is
comprised of a variety of multiple-choice items.

Each question is worth one mark. The total score is the number of correct
answers. No marks are deducted for wrong answers.
How are the assessments structured?
Each assessment covers a wide range of skills in reading, language and
spelling across both literary and factual genres and text types. The skills
are clearly specified to enable schools to relate student results to
curriculum outcomes.
The following is a sample range of ICAS (English) test specifications which
indicates the range of skills in the various assessment strands.
Reading: Factual texts

Temporal sequencing
Broad textual form (literary/factual)
Generic textual purpose<
Textual conventions (author, title, etc)
Aspects of description
Image sequencing
Single pieces of information
Spells accurately:

High frequency words with simple/common spelling patterns

Commonly used homonyms
All digraphs
Three-letter consonant blends
Compound words
Basic sight and function words
Alphabetical order
Reading: Literary texts

Main characters
Simple theme
Point of view
Related information
Figurative language
Main idea

Language: Syntactical

Main clause
Functions of clauses
Correct modality
Grammatical usage
Grammatical function
Language: Textual

Figures of speech
Point of view
Literary devices
Technical language
Stylistic elements
Meaning of words in context
Varied use of tense
Can the assessments be compared between years?
There are common items in each assessment that enable each year to be
compared with the years above and below it. This means that schools can
compare the relative performance of students both in and between years.
Can the assessments cater to a wide range of student ability?
The assessments have been developed so that all students will be able to
participate successfully in each paper. Papers are ordered from the easiest
items to the most difficult items. This means that all students will
complete enough of the paper so that diagnostic data can be provided on
their performance. However, there will be a sufficient range of more
difficult items to discriminate the performances of the very best students.
Will the assessments still be able to rank and identify high levels
of student performance?
Yes, as always the ICAS (English) will identify all levels of student
performance and provide certificates of relative achievement and medals
for the highest performing students.