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2018 Assessment Specifications for NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship External Assessment
A2018/05 - 13 Mar 2018

To:

Principal
Principal’s Nominee
All Teachers

2018 Assessment Specifications for NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship External Assessment

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

For examinations, the specifications cover information such as the:

  • format of the paper
  • equipment students can bring and use, and
  • 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, and
  • requirements for authenticity.

Assessment Specifications for 2018 were published in December 2017 on the NZQA website. For NCEA standards, see the NCEA subject resources pages and for New Zealand Scholarship, see the Scholarship subject.

2018 Assessment Specifications: March update

The following assessment specifications have been updated in March 2018.

SubjectLevel 1Level 2Level 3Scholarship

Chemistry

90932

90933

90934

91164

91165

91166

91390

91391

91392

 

Design and Visual Communication

     

93602

Drama

90998

91219

91518

 

Earth and Space Science

     

93104

Health

 

91235

   

Physics

 

91170

91171

91173

   

Te Reo Māori

91087

91088

     

Technology

91886

91887

91371

   

Visual Arts

   

91455, 91456, 91457, 91458, 91459

93306, 93307, 93308, 93309, 93310

(Updated March 2018) is highlighted beside the year on the front page of the assessment specifications, and the change is highlighted.

Teachers should not need to alter their teaching programmes because of this update.

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
Fax: 04 463 3115
Email: firstname.lastname@nzqa.govt.nz

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