NCEA Online – Digital Trials & Pilots 2017 Factsheet for Students

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NZQA is aware that you live in a digital, connected world. We’re responding to that with our plan to have all examinations (where appropriate) online by 2020. To help us achieve that goal, we are offering Digital Trials and Pilots to schools and students for a selection of Level 1 and Level 2 NCEA subjects. 

2017 Digital Trials

This year we will be offering 15 Level 1 Digital Trial examinations. A Trial is an assessment that does not count towards your NCEA and can be offered to you by your school as a practice assessment or a classroom activity. Digital Trials can be used as evidence for derived grades under certain circumstances. Trial examinations will be available in the following subjects:

  • Art History
  • Business Studies
  • Classical Studies
  • Economics
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • Health
  • History
  • Media Studies
  • Samoan
  • Spanish
  • Science
  • Physics
  • Te Reo Rangatira.

The 2017 Digital Trials will be available during a five-week period, spilt across two windows. The first window will be open between 11 – 29 September and after the school holidays the second window will open between 16 – 27 October. Your school and teachers will decide when is the best time for you to complete a Digital Trial. 

NZQA will release a set of Familiarisation Activities to help you prepare for the Digital Trials.  These are a great opportunity for you to experience the software being used for the Digital Trials. The Familiarisation Activities can be used at school or at home.  

Focus groups

This year, up to 12 schools will be invited to become a Focus Group school. If your school becomes one, you may be invited to be part of a small group of students who will meet with staff from NZQA to share your feedback about the 2017 Trials and Pilots. 

2017 Digital Pilots

This year we will be offering three Level 1 Digital Pilot examinations and three Level 2 Digital Pilot examinations.  Your school will decide if they will be offering Digital Pilots to students in 2017.  A Digital Pilot is a digital version of the examination that you will sit instead of the equivalent NCEA paper examination.  A paper back-up examination will be available for all students sitting digital examinations.  Pilot examinations will be available in the following subjects:

Level 1 Pilots will be available for all students

  • Level 1 Classical Studies
  • Level 1 English
  • Level 1 Media Studies.

Level 2 Pilots will be offered to schools and students who participated in the Level 1 Pilots in 2016

  • Level 2 Classical Studies
  • Level 2 English
  • Level 2 Media Studies.

The Digital Pilots will run at the same time as the equivalent NCEA paper examination. 

NZQA will release a set of Familiarisation Activities to help you prepare for the Digital Pilots. These are a great opportunity for you to experience the look and feel of the Pilot examinations. The Familiarisation Activities can be used at school or at home.  

Devices

The Digital Trials and Pilots can be completed on either school devices or your own device.  Your school will work with you to ensure your device is compatible with the digital examinations. After feedback received from students who completed Trials and/or Pilots in 2016, we suggest students do not use iPads for digital examinations.

We recommend that your device has a minimum screen resolution of 800 x 600 and you use one of the following browsers to access the digital examinations:

  • Chrome (53 or higher)
  • Safari (8.0 or higher)
  • Firefox (44 or higher).

Further information

To keep up to date with the 2017 Trials and Pilots you can head to our website (http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/future-state/digital-assessment-2017-trials-and-pilots/) which will be regularly updated throughout the year.

 
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