2018 key dates for National Secondary Qualifications

Below is a list of key dates relating to national secondary qualifications. You are welcome to download the files below:

Year Planner 2018 (PDF, 563KB) Key Dates 2018 (PDF, 288KB)
Electronic (CSV) version:
Instructions for importing key dates to Outlook Calendar: Instructions (PDF, 257KB) CSV file for download: CSV Key Dates 2018 (CSV, 16KB)

 

2018
TermStartsEnds
Term 1 29 January (earliest) or
7 February (at the latest)
13 April
Term 2 30 April 6 July
Term 3 23 July 28 September
Term 4 15 October (no later than) 18 December

 

January
1 NEW YEAR'S DAY
2 DAY AFTER NEW YEAR'S DAY
22 WELLINGTON ANNIVERSARY
Term 1
29 AUCKLAND ANNIVERSARY
NELSON ANNIVERSARY
EARLIEST DAY TO START TERM 1
February
1 SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC)-Rollover/Change opens for entitled candidates
2 School contact information to NZQA
6 WAITANGI DAY
7 LAST DAY TO START TERM 1
14 March Roll Return package arrives in all schools (MoE)
16 Final date for 2017 NCEA External Exam Reviews and Reconsiderations
28 Web access to 'Late Internally Assessed Results' closes for 2017
March
1 Web Entries Schools' access opens
March Roll Count Day (MoE)
2 Final date for 2017 NZ Scholarship Reviews and Reconsiderations
9 March Roll Return due for all schools (MoE)
12 TARANAKI ANNIVERSARY
14 Candidate Information Sheets sent to schools
16 Update of 2018 External Assessment Specifications online
26 OTAGO ANNIVERSARY
Data file submission links open (entry and result data files can be uploaded to NZQA from this date)
27 NZQA advertises for Panel Leaders (marking external examinations)
30 GOOD FRIDAY
April
2 EASTER MONDAY
3 SOUTHLAND ANNIVERSARY
All schools closed
4 First data file submission due (include as many candidate enrolments, courses and entries as possible). Entry and result data file processing begins
Check timetable clashes and advise candidates
Financial Assistance income thresholds published on Work and Income website
12 SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC). First deadline for first-time applications, rollover and changes
13 TERM 1 ENDS
25 ANZAC DAY
Term 2
30 TERM 2 BEGINS
May
1 Data file submission due (include any additional or updated candidate enrolment and entry information)
Check timetable clashes and advise candidates
14 Exam Centre Manager nominations open online
June
1 Data file submission due
Check timetable clashes and advise candidates
TRANSLATED PAPERS (to Te Reo Maori only) indication form due
June Roll Count Day (MoE)
MCAT Level 1, 91027-Maths Department start to confirm entries
NZQA advertises for external markers. Online applications open
4 QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY
11 June Roll Return due for schools with secondary students (MoE)
14 July Roll Return package arrives in all schools (MoE)
18 Final date for acceptance of Memorandum of Agreement online
25 Exam Centre Manager nominations close online
28 July Roll Count Day (MoE)
July
2 Data file submission due (correct any errors or warnings from previous submissions and send any additional candidate information in this file)
Check timetable clashes and advise candidates
SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC)-Attach SAC entitlements to external standards from NOW
Visual Arts: Art bag order due
6 TERM 2 ENDS
9 July Roll Return due for all schools (MoE)
Term 3
23 TRANSLATED PAPERS-Check all entries requiring 'Answer' or 'Request' flags are correct for 1 August data file
Check 1 August file contains all external entries (including NZ Scholarship) for SAC candidates and MCAT Level 1, 91027
TERM 3 BEGINS
August
1 Data file submission due (used to calculate the quantity of exam papers and materials for external exams)
Check timetable clashes and advise candidates how examinations will be sat
TRANSLATED PAPERS-Final date for 'Answer' and 'Request' flags to be set in data file
MCAT Level 1, 91027-Deadline for schools to advise NZQA of Assessment Day and number of booklets required
SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC)-Include as many exam entries for SAC candidates as possible and continue to attach SAC entitlements to examinations
13 Check accuracy of externally assessed entries in preparation for 31 August data file submission
17 Visual Arts: Digital Portfolio intention returns due
31 Data file submission due (all confirmed entries for externally assessed standards including NZ Scholarship. Necessary for candidates to get personalised exam materials)
Check timetable clashes and advise candidates how examinations will be sat
Final date for withdrawals from Externally Assessed standards including NZ Scholarship
Due date for 'on time' Financial Assistance applications for accurate school fee payment
September
3 September Roll Count Day (MoE)
10 Visual Arts Levels 1 and 2-start entering provisional results
11 September Roll Return due for schools with secondary candidates (MoE)
13 Final date for school payment of NCEA and NZ Scholarship fees to NZQA
18 MCAT Level 1, 91027 Assessment Day One
20 MCAT Level 1, 91027 Assessment Day Two
24 SOUTH CANTERBURY ANNIVERSARY
28 TERM 3 ENDS
SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC)-Applications for Learning Disorders close for 2018
October
1 Data file submission due (include all confirmed entries into internally assessed standards and entries assigned to courses)
Derived grade process information sent to schools
SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC) 2019. First time applications for entitlement open for 2019
All clashes must be resolved with NZQA
Term 4
15 Derived grade applications open online
TERM 4 BEGINS
16 Admission Slips for candidates sent to schools
17 Verified Languages-Last day for entry of provisional results for school marked papers. Submissions sent for verification
19 HAWKE'S BAY ANNIVERSARY
22 LABOUR DAY
24 Visual Arts Level 1-Verification portfolios collected from schools. Complete entry of ALL provisional results
25 MCAT Level 1, 91027-Last day for entry of ALL provisional results and submissions sent for verification
29 MARLBOROUGH ANNIVERSARY
31 Submission of candidate work for the following external standards:
  • Dance-NZ Scholarship
  • Design and Visual Communication (DVC)-Levels 1, 2, 3 and NZ Scholarship
  • Education for Sustainability-Level 3
  • Physical Education-NZ Scholarship
  • Technology-Levels 1, 2, 3 and NZ Scholarship
  • Visual Arts Level 2-Verification portfolios collected from schools. Complete entry of ALL provisional results
November
1 Data file submission due (correct any errors or warnings from previous submissions and send any additional candidate information in this file)
7 NCEA AND NZ SCHOLARSHIP EXAMINATIONS COMMENCE
8 Visual Arts Level 3 and NZ Scholarship-Portfolio submission/collection date for level 3 and Scholarship external standards
9 Visual Arts Level 1-start entering final results
15 Check accuracy of internally assessed entries for 3 December file
16 CANTERBURY ANNIVERSARY (no examinations on this day)
Visual Arts Level 2-start entering final results
19 MCAT Level 1, 91027 and Verified Languages-start entering final results
26 Visual Arts-Levels 1 and 2-last day for entry of all final results
30 NCEA AND NZ SCHOLARSHIP EXAMINATIONS END
December
3 Final data file submission for 2018 (include all final verified internally assessed results and any late Financial Assistance applications). This file is the last opportunity to correct any errors and warnings:
  • Final date for withdrawals from internally assessed standards
  • Last date for loading late Financial Assistance applications
  • Late fee for 2018 NCEA and NZ Scholarship applies from this date
  • Do not WITHDRAW leavers
CHATHAM ANNIVERSARY
WESTLAND ANNIVERSARY
4

School emergency contact details to NZQA
MCAT Level 1, 91027 and Verified Languages-last day for entry of all final results
Assessment specifications for 2019 external assessment published online
6 Data file submission links close (entry file processing ends). No further 2018 data files can be uploaded to NZQA from this date
Web entries Schools' access closes
7 Derived grade online applications close
14 Web access to 'Late Internally Assessed Results' for 2018 opens
14 Withdraw leaving students in ENROL by today (MoE)
18 TERM 4 ENDS
24 Last possible date for examination marking
25 CHRISTMAS DAY
26 BOXING DAY
January 2018
1 NEW YEAR'S DAY
2 DAY AFTER NEW YEAR'S DAY
21 WELLINGTON ANNIVERSARY
28 AUCKLAND ANNIVERSARY
NELSON ANNIVERSARY

 

Column Items
15 January 2018-19 January 2018 NCEA RESULTS AVAILABLE (2017)
19 February 2018-12 March 2018 PRINCIPAL'S NOMINEE SEMINARS
31 August 2018-1 October 2018 EXAM CENTRE MANAGER SEMINARS
7 November 2018-30 November 2018 EXAMINATIONS
8 December 2017-8 January 2019 PROCESSING OF EXTERNALLY ASSESSED RESULTS

 

 
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