Best Start Year 7

Best Start Year 7 is an online literacy and numeracy assessment package available to secondary schools.

What is Best Start Year 7?

Best Start Year 7 helps with identifying students who may require additional support in the development of key literacy and numeracy skills that are fundamental to their success in all subjects in secondary school. Feedback from the assessment also provides secondary teachers with information to support targeted teaching strategies that meet the learning needs of their students.

The Best Start Year 7 assessment includes two online assessments:

  • literacy assessment

  • numeracy assessment

Each assessment is designed to be quick to administer, consisting of 30 multiple choice questions.

Student assessment feedback is available to teachers through Scout shortly after each assessment is submitted.

Schools may choose to use the Best Start Year 7 online assessment to supplement existing Year 6 to 7 transition practices.

Assessment window

Best Start Year 7 will be available to NSW secondary schools in Term 1 with the intention that the assessments are completed in the first half of term by students in participating schools.

2021 assessment window is 1 February to 5 March

Schools have the flexibility to schedule and complete each assessment anytime during the assessment window to suit school and timetabling needs. The scheduling of assessments may be staggered and students do not need to sit all the assessments at the same time

How can schools opt in?

Opt in 2021 is now closed. Please email

Professional learning

Schools that participate in Best Start Year 7 have access to professional learning and support to help prepare and administer the assessments and to use assessment feedback to target teaching and school planning.

Technical requirements

The Best Start Year 7 assessment can be administered on the following devices;laptop, desktop PC, Chromebook, Android tablet and iPad (not iPad mini).

Headphones or earphones are required as audio files are available for various aspects of the assessments.

No locked down browser is required to administer the assessment.


The Best Start Year 7 - Information for schools fact sheet (PDF 168KB) (staff only) outlines the Best Start Year 7 Assessment and answers frequently asked questions.


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