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NEWSLETTER 87

The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) 2011

Competition Competition
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• Common operating systems for desktop computers (Windows, Macintosh).
• Basic internet skills. • Year 3/4; Std 3/4: 30 minutes/30 multiple-choice questions
• Common computer features and peripherals. • Year 5/6; Std 5/6: 35 minutes/35 multiple-choice questions
ICAS Computer Tuesday, • Common features of software packages. • Year 7/8; Form 1/2: 40 minutes/40 multiple-choice questions
1 • Tweaking, customising and making use of expert skills in software packages and operating systems. RM25.00
Skills 12th April • Year 9-10; Form 3-5: 45 minutes/45 multiple-choice questions
• Programming and systems analysis skills.
• Computer language skills.

• Year 3/4; Std 3/4: 45 minutes/30 multiple-choice questions


The questions cover a wide variety of skills and processes that are an integral part of Science. These • Year 5/6; Std 5/6: 55 minutes/40 multiple-choice questions
Tuesday, include observing and measuring, reading and interpreting information, predicting, drawing conclusions, • Year 7 - 11; Form 1 -5: 1 hour/45 multiple-choice questions
2 ICAS Science RM25.00
26th April understanding experimental design and higher order skills, such as reasoning and problem solving. The
papers test the application of these skills across all Science disciplines. Calculators and rulers may be used in all levels.

• Year 5 - 8; Std 5/6; Form 1/2 : 60 minutes/25 multiple choice items


Wednesday, The Gauss Contests are an opportunity for students to have fun and to develop their mathematical
3 CMC 11th May problem solving ability. RM20.00
Calculators are permitted for all levels.

Writing is a criterion-referenced assessment. The Writing assessment is marked against criteria which
are specific to the task, every mark that a student scores has a particular meaning. The marking criteria
are divided into four domains or sections: Genre, Textual Grammar , Syntax and Spelling .
Two forms of writing - narrative and persuasive - are assessed in alternating years.
In 2011, the ICAS (Writing) task will assess an example of persuasive writing. The task requires students • Year 3 – 6; Std 3 - 6 : 30 minutes
to write a text that persuades. These include writing: • Year 7 – 11; Form 1 - 5 : 30 minutes
Tuesday,
4 ICAS Writing • a review RM55.00
29th June
• an advertisement
• a letter to a council
• a formal argument
• an opinion piece for a newspaper
• a campaign manifesto
All students will be given age-appropriate tasks in the same genre.

• Year 3/4; Std 3/4: 45 minutes/45 multiple-choice items


Tuesday, Each assessment covers a wide range of skills in reading, language and spelling across both literary and • Year 5/6; Std 5/6: 50 minutes/50 multiple-choice items
5 ICAS English • Year 7/8; Form 1 /2: 55 minutes/55 multiple-choice items RM25.00
12th July factual genres and text types.
• Year 9 - 11; Form 3 - 5 : 1 hour/60 multiple-choice items

• Year 3 - 5; Std 3 - 5: 45 minutes/40 multiple-choice items


• Year 6; Std 6: 1 hour/35 multiple-choice items and 5 free response
The questions cover a wide variety of skills and processes that are an integral part of Mathematics. items
ICAS Tuesday, These include for levels Std 3-Form 1 (Year 3 – Year 7), the four areas of Number, Measurement, • Year 7 – 11; Form 1 - 5 : 1 hour/35 multiple-choice items and 5 free
6 RM25.00
Mathematics 26th July Space, and Chance and Data. For levels Form 2-Form 5 (Year 8 – 11), the questions cover the five response items
areas of Number, Algebra, Measurement, Space and Geometry, and Chance and Data.
Calculators are not permitted for levels Year 3 - 7 (Std 3 - Form 1).
Calculators are required for levels Year 8 - 11 (Form 2 - 5).
• Year 3 – 6; Std 3 - 6: 60 minutes/25 multiple-choice items and 5 free
response items
• Year 7 – 11; Form 1 - 5 : 75 minutes/25 multiple-choice items and 5
Thursday, The questions cover a wide variety of skills and processes that are an integral part of Mathematics. free response items
7 AMC RM40.00
4th August Questions are problem solving based.
Calculators are not permitted for levels Year 7 - 11 (Form 1 - 5).
Calculators are required for levels Year 3 - 6 (Std 3 - 6).