Best Start Year 7


Best Start Year 7 is an optional NSW Department of Education literacy and numeracy assessment for schools. The assessment provides a snapshot of the literacy and numeracy skills and understandings that students bring to secondary school.

The assessment will be available for schools to use during the first half of Term 1. 

The cost for NSW independent schools to access Best Start Year 7 in 2022 will be confirmed in Term 4. The NSW Department of Education will invoice schools for payment.


Information sessions for interested schools

For any schools interested in using the assessment in 2022, it is strongly suggested that you first participate in the information sessions hosted by the NSW Department of EducationThese live, interactive sessions will provide schools with more information about Best Start Year 7 in order to help make an informed choice about opting in to Best Start Year 7 in 2022.

Wednesday 20 October 3:30 – 4:00 pm

Tuesday 26 October 3:30 – 4:00 pm

Join meeting here

Meeting ID: 653 3979 5930

Passcode: 091549

More information

Confirmation of participation in Best Start Year 7 2022

Having participated in one of the information sessions and deciding that your school would like to participate in Best Start Year 7 in 2022, please complete the following online form by Friday, 12 November 2021.

Opt-in link

Following the 12 November closing date, AISNSW will be in touch to provide further information regarding the preparation that must be undertaken to access Best Start Year 7.