Assessment Matters


NCEA Level 1 Mathematics and Statistics 91027 MCAT 2015
A2015/016 - 21 May 2015


Principal's Nominee
Head of Mathematics Departments
All Mathematics teachers
Data Manager

NCEA Level 1 Mathematics and Statistics 91027 MCAT 2015

This circular provides information about:

  • nomination of day(s) schools will assess the Mathematics Common Assessment Task (MCAT)
  • provision of assessment booklets
  • MCAT Administrative Guidelines for Schools.

Nomination of schools’ MCAT day

The MCAT is to be assessed in schools on two days. They are Tuesday 15 and/or Thursday 17 September 2015. Please note that Wednesday 16 September is not included.

Candidates will have one 60 minute session to complete the assessment. Schools may choose to hold the assessment on a single day, or hold sessions on both days. For example, in a large school it may be impractical to assess all students on a single day.

NZQA requires all schools to:

  • nominate the day(s) on which they will hold the MCAT
  • specify the number of assessment booklets, including any Te Reo Māori booklets, required on each day. The total number of booklets requested for the school should match candidate entries in the 1 August 2015 data file submission to NZQA.

Schools must complete and email the Nomination of MCAT Assessment Day form (DOC, 854KB) to no later than Saturday 1 August 2015.

Delivery of assessment booklets and advice to office staff

Printed assessment booklets will be sent to schools by Wednesday 9 September 2015. These will arrive in boxes addressed to the Principal’s Nominee (PN) and be marked “Private and Confidential”. PNs should advise office staff to expect the arrival of the booklets to ensure that they are stored securely. Electronic versions of the assessment papers will also be published online on the schools’ secure web site, from Monday 14 September 2015.

Schools are reminded that:

  • if they fail to inform NZQA of their nominated MCAT day, or change their MCAT day, they will not receive printed assessment papers, and must download the paper for the relevant day(s) from the secure website and print their own copies
  • if they have late entries, they may download and print extra copies
  • they may not use any assessment paper on other than its intended day, including as revision materials or practice assessments
  • they may only hold the MCAT on 15 and/or 17 September
  • they may not hold the MCAT on 16 September
  • they may provide students with only one opportunity to sit the MCAT
  • failure to meet these requirements will invalidate student results.

Administrative Guidelines for Schools

MCAT Administrative Guidelines for Schools (DOC, 202KB) are now available on the NZQA Mathematics and Statistics resource page. Schools need to be familiar with the requirements in these guidelines to ensure the integrity of the assessment.

e-MCAT trial

Schools that wish to take part in trialling the e-MCAT in 2015 should watch for separate notice giving details of this.


Please refer any enquiries relating to this circular to:

Lyall Prestidge
National Assessment Facilitator
Secondary Examinations
Telephone: 04 463 4392

Find information for...

Skip to main page content Accessibility page with list of access keys Home Page Site Map Contact Us