International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) 2021

Posted on May 31, 2021

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Macleans College will again be participating in the ICAS Assessments this year. ICAS is developed by UNSW Global; a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of New South Wales.

ICAS assessments will be offered to students in the following subjects:

English, Mathematics, Science and Digital Technologies.

Each assessment celebrates students’ accomplishments by providing opportunities for recognition. Every student will receive a certificate and an online result report. Top performers will be eligible for medals and invited to attend special award ceremonies to have their academic excellence publicly recognised.

Participation in ICAS assessments is not compulsory. The assessments are suitable for students wishing to extend themselves academically and take up the personal challenge of competing in an international assessment. The students will be presented with high-quality, expert-developed questions, allowing them to apply their learning without the need for prior study or revision.

ICAS assessments are completed online, a move that reflects a sector-wide transition to computer-based assessment. This allows greater accessibility for students and faster delivery of results.

These assessments will be completed before school, commencing at 7.30 am on the dates listed below. Students should have a suitable BYOD device, e.g. Laptop, iPad or Android tablet, to complete the assessment.

Assessment Dates

Assessment Date Please note Important:
Closing date for purchasing assessments via Parent Portal system
No late entries can be accepted
Digital Technologies Thursday 12 August 2021 7.30 am *Please note: This is for students in Year 9-11 only. This date coincides with the KBB Music Festival. Sunday 25 July 2021
English Tuesday 17 August 2021 7.30 am Sunday 1 August 2021
Science Tuesday 24 August 2021 7.30 am Sunday 8 August 2021
Mathematics Tuesday 31 August 2021 7.30 am *Please note: This date coincides with the senior school CAIE practice examinations and Sports Tournament week. Sunday 15 August 2021


The entry fee is $18.40 (including GST) per subject.

Our school has signed up for the ICAS Assessments parent payment system (PPS) for English, Science, Mathematics and Digital Technologies. Through this system, parents can pay for ICAS directly online, while assessments will still be held at school. No payments will be accepted through the school. Please use the following details to log in to ICAS and select and pay for the assessments you wish your child to sit.

The following link will direct you to the Parent Portal System.

The school access code is: XVG234

Privacy Collection Statement

To analyse your child’s progress effectively, our school conducts an ongoing assessment program. The assessment we are using is a product of Janison Solutions Pty Ltd (Janison). In order to deliver the assessment Macleans College and Janison (through our school) collect your child’s personal information, such as their name, date of birth and year level when you register your child to sit an assessment in the programme. You must ensure that this information is accurate and current.

Janison does not:

  • Collect any personal information or data of children other than as required for the purposes of completion of the exam;
  • Transfer any personal information or data obtained during the delivery of the ICAS exam out of Australia;
  • Share any personal information or data relating to children or students with any third parties;
  • Retain any personal information or data acquired during the delivery of the ICAS exam and all such information or data is deleted from all Janison systems immediately upon completion of Janison’s contractual reporting to the school.

As the parent or guardian of a student who intends to sit an assessment, by registering your child into the assessment, you consent to our school and Janison collecting and using your child’s personal information for the purposes outlined above.

If you do not provide your child’s personal information to us or Janison, we may not be able to deliver the assessment to your child. If you wish to access or correct your child’s personal information or to make a complaint about how we have handled your child’s personal information, please contact Janison’s Privacy Officer at [email protected] or by writing to Legal and Compliance Team, Janison Solutions Pty Ltd, 80 Bay Street, Ultimo, Sydney NSW 2007.


Murray McGuire-Barnes
Deputy Principal