NCEA examinations set to begin

25 Oct 2016

With NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship examinations beginning soon, the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is reminding students about the importance of study and preparation.

Deputy Chief Executive Kristine Kilkelly says around 146,000 students will start sitting examinations from Wednesday 9 November and it’s important they are well prepared.

“Examinations are a big part of achieving NCEA and students should continue to concentrate on making sure they know their subject matter, when and where their examinations are, and what they need to do to achieve their goals.”

NZQA’s top five study tips for students:

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

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

Know the examination timetable: A timetable can be viewed on your mobile phone or downloaded and printed from the NZQA website. You should try and get to examinations 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 examinations are being held and that you have a plan for how you are going to get to there. Remember to bring your admission slip with you to gain access to the examination.

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 an examination.

Ms Kilkelly adds that students should also look at the range of apps available to them - like the ‘NCEA Student’ App – and choose the one that suits their NCEA study and goal setting needs.

NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship examinations run from Wednesday 9 November through to Friday 2 December.

Media contact:
Mike Conner
NZQA Communications
Phone: 04 463 3082 or 027 457 5783

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