Eight days before NCEA exams begin

01 Nov 2012

With NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship examinations just eight days away, the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), who administer the exams, are reminding all students about the importance of exam study and preparation.

More than 143,000 candidates will start sitting exams 9 November and NZQA Deputy Chief Executive Qualifications Richard Thornton says it is important that students continue to concentrate on getting ready for what for some, will be their first major secondary school exams.

“We are getting to crunch time and students need to make sure they are well prepared. NCEA exams are a big part of NCEA achievement and students can access a great deal of information, resources and study tips to help them get ready.”

Top 5 study tips for students:

Revision: You need to know what is required to achieve each standard. Make sure you have up to date notes from classes. Practice – there are resource pages for all subjects on the NZQA website. They include past exam papers and exemplars of student work.

Choose a place to study: You need a quiet, organised and well lit space to study for NCEA exams. Set regular routines and study goals. Talk to your parents if you need more quiet time, or a different place to prepare.

Balance study with free time: It is important that you keep positive and relaxed. Make sure in addition to study that you take regular breaks, eat well, get fresh air, stay in touch with friends and study groups, and get plenty of sleep – especially the night before exams.

Know the exam timetable: Make sure you know where your exams are, and when. An exam timetable can be downloaded and printed from the NZQA website. You should try and get to exams at least 20 minutes before they begin so you can relax, and make last minute preparations

Get prepared: Make sure you know when and where your exams are, how you are going to get into the exams, what the exam room rules are at your school, and what you are allowed to take into the exams. Allow plenty of time to get to exams early and plan for what you might do if something unforeseen happens – eg, alternative transport plans in case of bus or train delays.

Mr Thornton adds that there is a page of the NZQA website dedicated to exam tips for students which includes a range of information and resources.

“Students should make full use of all the resources offered them and not be afraid to ask parents or teachers for help.”

Media contact:

Lisa Gibbison, NZQA Communications

Phone: 04 463 3169 or 027 457 5783



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