2017 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 2017 (PDF, 126KB) Key Dates 2017 (PDF, 41KB)
Electronic (CSV) version:
Instructions for importing key dates to Outlook Calendar: Instructions (PDF, 257KB) CSV file for download: CSV Key Dates June - January (CSV, 11KB)
2017
TermStartsEnds
Term 1 30 January (earliest) or
7 February (at the latest)
13 April
Term 2 1 May 7 July
Term 3 24 July 29 September
Term 4 16 October (no later than) 14 December

 

January
1 NEW YEAR'S DAY
2 DAY AFTER NEW YEAR'S DAY
3 OBSERVED NEW YEAR'S DAY
23 WELLINGTON ANNIVERSARY
Term 1
30 AUCKLAND ANNIVERSARY
NELSON ANNIVERSARY
EARLIEST DAY TO START TERM 1
February
1 SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC) - Rollover/Change for entitled candidates opens
2 School Contact Information to NZQA
6 WAITANGI DAY
7 LAST DAY TO START TERM 1
15 March Roll Return package arrives in all schools (MoE)
17 Final date for 2016 NCEA External Exam Reviews and Reconsiderations
28 Web access to 'Late Internally Assessed Results' for 2016 closes
March
1 Web Entries Schools' 2017 access opens
3 Final date for 2016 NZ Scholarship Reviews and Reconsiderations
13 TARANAKI ANNIVERSARY
14 Candidate Information Sheets sent to schools
16 Update of 2017 External Assessment Specifications online
20 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)
April
1 First data file submission due (include as many candidate enrolments, courses and entries as possible). Entry and result data file processing begins
Financial Assistance income thresholds published on Work and Income website
13 SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC) - First deadline for first-time applications. Rollovers/Changes for entitles candidates to be completed
TERM 1 ENDS
14 GOOD FRIDAY
17 EASTER MONDAY
18 SOUTHLAND ANNIVERSARY
All Schools closed
25 ANZAC DAY
May
Term 2
1 Data file submission due (include any additional or updated candidate enrolment and entry information)
TERM 2 BEGINS
15 Exam Centre Manager applications open online
23 Check all candidates requiring NSN cards are in 1 June data file and personal details accurate
June
1 Data file submission due (used to prepare Candidate NSN cards)
TRANSLATED PAPERS (to Te Reo Māori only) indication form due
June Roll Count Day (MoE)
2 MCAT Level 1, 91027 - Maths Department start to confirm entries
NZQA advertises for external markers. Online applications open
5 QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY
9 June Roll Return due for schools with secondary students (MoE)
15 July Roll Return package arrives in all schools (MoE)
19 Final date for acceptance of Memorandum of Agreement online
20 Candidate NSN cards sent to schools (includes information on accessing entries on the web)
26 Exam Centre Manager applications close online
July
1 Data file submission due (correct any errors or warnings from previous submissions and send any additional candidate information in this file)
SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC) - Attach SAC entitlements to external standards from now
Visual Arts: Art bag order due
Visual Arts: Digital portfolio intention returns due
July Roll Count Day (MoE)
7 TERM 2 ENDS
11 July Roll Return due for all schools (MoE)
Term 3
24 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)
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) - Make final exam entries for SAC candidates
14 Check accuracy of externally assessed entries in preparation for 1 Sept data file submission
23 SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC) - Facility to attach SAC entitlements to external standards CLOSES
September
1 Data file submission due (all confirmed entries for extrernally assessed standards including NZ Scholarship. Necessary for candidates to get personalised exam materials)
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 Roll Count Day (MoE)
11 September Roll Return due for schools with secondary students (MoE)
13 Final date for school payment of NCEA and NZ Scholarship fees to NZQA
19 MCAT Level 1, 91027 Assessment Day one
21 MCAT Level 1, 91027 Assessment Day two
25 SOUTH CANTERBURY ANNIVERSARY
29 TERM 3 ENDS
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) 2018 - First time applications for entitlement open for 2018
All clashes must be resolved with NZQA
Term 4
16 TERM 4 BEGINS
Derived grade applications open on-line
17 Admission Slips for candidates sent to schools
18 Visual Arts Level 1 - Verification portfolios collected from schools. Complete entry of ALL provisional results
20 HAWKE'S BAY ANNIVERSARY
23 LABOUR DAY
25 Visual Arts Level 2 - Verification portfolios collected from schools. Complete entry of ALL provisional results
26 MCAT Level 1, 91027 - Last day for entry of ALL provisional results and submissions sent for verification
30 MARLBOROUGH ANNIVERSARY
November
1 Data file submission due (correct any errors or warnings from previous submissions and send any additional candidate information in this file)
Submission of student 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
  • Verified Languages. Verification portfolios collected from schools. Complete entry of provisional results
2 Visual Arts Level 3 and NZ Scholarship - Portfolio submission/collection date for level 3 and Scholarship external standards
3 Visual Arts Level 1 - start entering final results
9 NCEA AND NZ SCHOLARSHIP EXAMINATIONS COMMENCE
10 Visual Arts Level 2 - start entering final results
15 Check accuracy of internally assessed entries for 1 December file
17 CANTERBURY ANNIVERSARY (no examinations on this day)
20 MCAT Level 1, 91027 start entering final results
Last day for entry of all final results for:
  • Visual Arts - Levels 1 and 2
  • Verified Languages
27 CHATHAM ISLANDS AND WESTLAND ANNIVERSARY
December
1 Final Data file submission for 2017 (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 2017 NCEA and NZ Scholarship applies from this date
  • Do not withdraw leavers
NCEA AND NZ SCHOLARSHIP EXAMINATIONS END
4

WESTLAND ANNIVERSARY
School emergency contact details to NZQA
MCAT Level 1, 91027 last day for entry of all final results
Assessment specifications for 2018 external assessment published online
5 Data file submission links close (entry file processing ends) No further 2017 data files can be uploaded to NZQA from this date
Web entries Schools' access closes
8 Derived grade online applications close
11 Web access to 'Late Internally Assessed Results' for 2017 opens
14 Withdraw leaving students in ENROL by today (MoE)
TERM 4 ENDS
25 CHRISTMAS DAY
26 BOXING DAY
January 2018
1 NEW YEAR'S DAY
2 DAY AFTER NEW YEAR'S DAY
22 WELLINGTON ANNIVERSARY
29 AUCKLAND ANNIVERSARY
NELSON ANNIVERSARY

 

Column Items
16 January 2017 - 20 January 2017 NCEA RESULTS AVAILABLE (2016)
20 February 2017 - 13 March 2017 PRINCIPAL'S NOMINEE SEMINARS
1 September 2017 - 2 October 2017 EXAM CENTRE MANAGER SEMINARS
9 November 2017 - 1 December 2017 EXAMINATIONS
8 December 2016 - 8 January 2018 PROCESSING OF EXTERNALLY ASSESSED RESULTS
 
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