Subject Framework

Subject Availability

Country

English

Mathematics

Science

Writing

Digital Technologies

Singapore

Primary 2 to Secondary 4 / 5

Primary 2 to Secondary 4 / 5

Primary 2 to Secondary 4 / 5

Primary 2 to Secondary 4 / 5 (School only)

Primary 2 to Secondary 3

Brunei

Year 3 to Year 12

Year 3 to Year 12

Year 3 to Year 12

Not available

Year 3 to Year 10

China

Year 3 to Year 12

Year 3 to Year 12

Year 3 to Year 12

Not available

Not available

China Hong Kong / China Macau

Primary 3 to Form 6

Primary 3 to Form 6

Primary 3 to Form 6

Primary 3 to Form 6 (School only)

Not available

Vietnam

Year 3 to Year 12

Year 3 to Year 12

Year 3 to Year 12

Not available

Not available

Cambodia

Year 3 to Year 12

Year 3 to Year 12

Year 3 to Year 12

Not available

Not available

Year Level Equivalence Table

Country / Paper

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

Singapore

Primary 2

Primary 3

Primary 4

Primary 5

Primary 6

Secondary 1

Secondary 2

Secondary 3

Secondary 4 & 5

Junior College 1
Brunei

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Form 1

Form 2 & 3

Form 4

Form 5

Pre-university 1

Pre-university 2

China

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

China Hong Kong / China Macau

Primary 3

Primary 4

Primary 5

Primary 6

Form 1

Form 2

Form 3

Form 4

Form 5

Form 6

Vietnam

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Cambodia

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

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Subject Description

*REACH is only available in Singapore and Brunei.

English

Students will read a variety of texts which narrate, describe, explain, argue, persuade and review. The texts will increase in complexity within each paper as well as from Introductory Paper to Paper J, moving from simple texts dealing with familiar subjects and topics to complex texts discussing abstract concepts and using sophisticated language structures. Skills area include:

  • Text Comprehension
  • Writer’s craft
  • Syntax
  • Vocabulary

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Mathematics

The questions increase in complexity throughout the paper and encourage the use of higher-order thinking skills. ICAS Mathematics will challenge students in the following skill areas:

  • Number  and Arithmetic
  • Algebra and Patterns
  • Measures and Units
  • Space and Geometry
  • Chance and Data

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Science

The questions increase in complexity throughout the paper and encourage the use of higher-order thinking skills. ICAS Science will challenge students in the following skill areas:

  • Measuring and Observing
  • Interpreting Data
  • Predicting/Concluding from Data
  • Investigating
  • Reasoning/Problem Solving

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Digital Technologies

The questions increase in complexity throughout the paper and encourage the use of higher-order thinking skills. ICAS Science will challenge students in the following skill areas:

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

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Writing

Both Reach Assessments Writing and ICAS Assessments Writing assess students’ ability to write an extended response to a given task. Two forms of writing, narrative and persuasive, will be assessed over time. Skills area include:

  • Genre
  • Textual Grammar
  • Syntax/Punctuation
  • Spelling (Reach Writing Only)

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