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2016 Assessment Specifications for NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship External Assessment
A2015/041 - 25 Dec 2015

To:

Principal
Principal's Nominee
All teachers

2016 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.

2016 Assessment Specifications

These are now published on the NZQA website. 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.

From 2016, assessment specifications for previous years will not be available on the NZQA website to avoid the confusion arising from the current assessment specifications not being used. These will be available on request to NZQA.

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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