SUBJECT GUIDE
DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

ICAS DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

ASSESSES THE SKILLS REQUIRED

TO SUCCEED IN THE INFORMATION AGE

SKILL AREAS

Students are assessed across the skills and knowledge areas of:

  • Databases
  • Graphics and multimedia
  • Internet use and email programs
  • ƒNetworks and other communications systems
  • Operating systems and computer hardware
  • Programming
  • Spreadsheets
  • Word processing.

CONTENT

The papers cover content on:

  • ƒDigital systems including hardware and software, operating systems, cloud computing and data representation
  • ƒBasic and advanced operations and formatting in word processing, use of tables, style sheets, animations and referencing
  • ƒPresentations, integrated multimedia and data visualisation
  • ƒUse of search engines, emails, web design, social media, online collaborative projects and the application of social and ethical protocols and practices in the use of digital technologies
  • ƒ Use of operations to maintain and manage data and databases
  • ƒProgramming principles and concepts including block-based coding, flowcharts, sequence, loops, pseudocode, algorithms and desk checking.

ASSESSMENT STRUCTURE

CLASS PAPER QUESTION BREAKDOWN DURATION
3 A 30 multiple choice 30 minutes
4 B 30 multiple choice 30 minutes
5 C 35 multiple choice 35 minutes
6 D 35 multiple choice 35 minutes
7 E 40 multiple choice 40 minutes
8 F 40 multiple choice 40 minutes
9 G 45 multiple choice 45 minutes
10 H 45 multiple choice 45 minutes

LEARN MORE

  1. Ask for an appointment at your school
  2. Download the comprehensive ICAS Digital Technologies Assessment Framework
  3. View sample assessments
  4. Watch introductory videos

HOW IS ICAS DIFFERENT?

ICAS is developed annually by a team of highly experienced assessment developers and psychometricians, with rigorous reviews at each stage of construction. Subject matter experts develop new ICAS questions each year, drawing on their in-depth understanding of the way students learn. All ICAS assessments are reviewed by experienced teachers to ensure that they accurately assess students’ skills and are relevant to what they are learning at school.

This ensures that ICAS is:

  • Valid
  • Consistent from one assessment cycle to the next
  • Appropriately targeted for the students being assessed
  • ƒObjective and reliable
  • Fair (effect of gender, language background, cultural background is minimised through sensitivity reviews and statistical analyses)
  • Constructed using appropriate examples and authentic contexts
  • ƒRepresented in a visually appealing way to capture student attention and interest
  • ƒUnderpinned by methodologies from psychometric measurement theory
“ICAS Digital Technologies focuses on developing understanding of and skills in current, new and emerging technologies that are highly relevant to succeed in the information age.”
Sylvia Singh
ICAS International Assessment Expert, Digital Technologies
UNSW Global

SKILLS ASSESSED