Information for students about New Zealand Scholarship History and Chemistry examinatons

18 Nov 2016

New Zealand Scholarship History

When will the examination be held?

The New Zealand Scholarship History examination of Monday 14 November has been rescheduled to 2.00pm Monday 28 November.

If I sat the original History examination, do I have to sit the new one too?

No. There were a very small number of students who sat the original examination and they are not required to sit the replacement one, but may choose to do so.

If you do choose to sit the replacement examination, your original paper will not be marked.

Am I disadvantaged by not re-sitting the examination?

No. Students who chose not to re-sit the examination will not be disadvantaged. The replacement examination will be a comparable paper and it will be marked against a common marking schedule.

You can be assured that all the markers are very experienced and are aware of the circumstances under which the original examination papers were completed.

Will the new examination be similar to the last one?

The replacement examination will be comparable to the original and will undergo the same quality assurance checks that are applicable to all New Zealand Scholarship examinations.

Two new questions (students will select one to answer) are being prepared by the same examination writing team, following the same assessment specifications that were used for the original examination.

Are there any original examination materials available?

The original examination paper is available on the NZQA website. There is also a resource booklet available but, in compliance with copyright legislation, all copyright material has been removed. Schools have a copy of the booklet in its entirety that can be made available to students.

As per standard examination room rules, students will not be able to take any booklets or documents into the examination room with them - new documents will be issued on the day.

I’m going to be away from home on the day of the new examination – what can I do?

Speak to your school as soon as possible. Your school will arrange with NZQA for their affected students to sit the examination at another centre.

I can’t make the new date. What should I do?

Rescheduling the dates involved consideration of a large number of factors that could potentially impact on affected students, including minimising clashes with other NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship examinations - any changed date at this time will result in clashes with other events.

If you are unable to sit the examination on the new date you should speak to your school as soon as possible. Your school will arrange with NZQA for a full refund of fees.

New Zealand Scholarship Chemistry

When will the examination be held?

The New Zealand Scholarship Chemistry examination of Monday 14 November has been rescheduled to 2.00pm Thursday 1 December.

Does everyone sit the new examination?

Yes, all students should sit the rescheduled examination. (No students completed, or partially completed the orginal examination).

Are there any original examination materials available?

As this original examination did not start and was not attempted by any students, the papers remain secure (like all other examinations) and students will be given all the documents they need when they enter the examination room.

I’m going to be away from home on the day of the new examination – what can I do?

Speak to your school as soon as possible. Your school will arrange with NZQA for their affected students to sit the examination at another centre.

I can’t make the new date. What should I do?

Rescheduling the dates involved consideration of a large number of factors that could potentially impact on affected students, including minimising clashes with other NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship examinations - any changed date at this time will result in clashes with other events.

If you are unable to sit the exmaination on the new date you should speak to your school as soon as possible. Your school will arrange with NZQA for a full refund of fees.

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