Digital Assessment: 2016 NCEA digital trials and pilots

As part of NZQA’s digital transformation journey, we are investigating computer-based methods of assessment and working towards the goal of having all examinations (where appropriate) online by 2020.

These trials and pilots will help schools and students make the transition to digital assessment by enabling schools to test their readiness, and providing an opportunity for students to experience assessment in a digital format.

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Online school readiness assessment tool

One of the objectives of the 2016 digital assessment trials and pilots is to provide schools with an opportunity to evaluate their capacity to manage digital examinations across a number of students, devices and subject areas.

If you haven’t already, please use our online school readiness assessment tool to make an initial assessment. The tool will also help you identify things that need to be considered for the trials and pilots to be a successful exercise for you and your students. The readiness testing covers technical requirements, such as device and operating system options. We suggest you involve your students and your IT support people to help assess your readiness.

General knowledge quiz

NZQA has developed a general knowledge quiz as an activity that enables schools to evaluate the quality of their network (such as internet speeds) for the purposes of completing digital trials and pilots. The ability to test school infrastructure using a quiz was a suggestion from our teacher focus groups earlier this year.

The quiz takes about 20 minutes to complete. We suggest each school organises for a number of students to complete the quiz activity at the same time, using the expected maximum number of students who might participate in the digital trials and pilots on any given day.

Answers have been provided on the PDF below. Students need to 'mark' their own responses as they go through the quiz as the answers are not saved.

General knowledge quiz

General knowledge quiz answers (PDF, 266KB)

2016 trials and pilots screen examples

NZQA has been working on sample assessments as a familiarisation exercise before the pilot examinations in November. Below are the screens for our 2016 trials and pilots that illustrate the pathway through an NZQA digital examination. This allows you to see the navigation from when the student logs on, to when they submit their examination for marking.

NZQA developed these screens with assessment specialists, through focus groups with teachers and students, and with our vendor.

The sample assessments released on 25 July will only include some of these screens shown below, as some screens are still in development. NZQA will add more screens for the trial examinations, and all the illustrated screens will be used for the pilot examinations.

More information

We are not proceeding with the 2016 Level 1 Digital French Pilot. Students who were going to sit the French examination digitally will now sit the paper-based examination that has already been prepared for them. Please ensure that all such students are informed of this change. All other digital Pilots for 2016 will proceed as planned.

For more information please email

If you require assistance with the digital examinations, please call the Trials and Pilots helpline on 0800 222 230. This helpline will be available between 8.00 am - 5.30 pm, up until 2 December 2016.


Page last updated 21 November 2016

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