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2015 Assessment Specifications for NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship External Assessment
A2015/006 - 13 Apr 2015

TO:

Principal
Principal's Nominee
All teachers

2015 Assessment Specifications for NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship External Assessment

Assessment specifications provide the assessment parameters for each externally assessed standard. They should be read alongside the applicable standards.

For examinations they cover information such as the:

  • format of the paper
  • equipment students can bring and use
  • context for questions, where appropriate.

For portfolio subjects they cover the:

  • format of the assessment
  • portfolio submission date
  • portfolio specifications including the type and volume of materials that may be submitted as evidence
  • requirements for authenticity.

2015 Assessment Specifications

These were published in December 2014. For NCEA standards they are available from the NCEA subject resources pages on the NZQA website and for New Zealand Scholarship (Scholarship) they are available on the Scholarship subject pages.

The following assessment specifications were updated in March 2015. '(Updated March 2015)' is written beside the year on the front page of the document. Teachers should not need to alter their teaching programmes as a result of this update.  

Accounting Scholarship
Business Studies Level 1 (90837, 90838, 90839), Level 2 (90843, 90844, 90845), Level 3 (91379, 91380, 91381)
Dance Level 2 (91211, 91212), Level 3 (91594, 91595)
Drama Level 1 (90011), Level 2 (91219), Level 3 (91514, 91518), Scholarship
History Scholarship
Mathematics and Statistics Level 1 (91027, 91028), Level 3 (91584)
Music Level 3 (91422)
Te Reo Māori Level 1 (91087, 91088), Level 2 (91286, 91287), Level 3 (91652, 91653)
Te Reo Rangatira Level 2 (91777, 91779, 91780)
Technology Level 2 (91358, 91359, 91360, 91363, 91367, 91371)

Version Numbers updated

Also note that the version number of most achievement standards at Level 1 and Level 2 has changed because the review date has been updated.

Enquiries

Please refer any enquiries relating to this circular to your School Relationship Manager.

School Relationship Manager
School Quality Assurance and Liaison
Telephone: 04 463 3000
Email: firstname.lastname@nzqa.govt.nz

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