When can a computer be used and what are the rules?
A computer is interchangeable with a Writer. Students are encouraged to practise in both modes early in the year and decide on their preferred assessment option for each subject before June. For exam sessions the student must select “Writer” for the whole session or “Computer” for the whole session.
Some Specific Examination Sessions (PDF, 14KB) (PDF, 19KB) allow for the use of Extra Time to replace use of Computer or Writer for any candidate approved for Computer/Writer but not already approved for Extra Time. Note: this also applies for internal time-bound assessment of the same subjects, as appropriate and at the teacher’s discretion, at the rate of 10 minutes per hour.
The language must be set to NZ English, and may not be set to any other language, including Chinese or Japanese script, except for Te Reo Rangatira.
Spell check and grammar check are allowed except for any standard that requires the candidate to demonstrate their use of writing conventions e.g. spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc. Check the standard.
Candidates should set up headers on their pages before they start, with the standard number, standard name and their NSN (for external examinations) or name (for internal standards or mock exams), to ensure their printed work is identifiable.
Candidates print their work during the assessment, not at the end.
USB flash drives or other portable storage devices are not to be used in assessments.
When there is more than one candidate using a computer they may be seated in one room and share printers, but candidates using computers who have a Reader must have accommodation separate from other students.
Where the assessment requires a diagram or graph or map to be drawn or completed, the candidate refers the marker to the relevant assessment pages (e.g. See Qu 3b on p7 in the answer booklet), and hand writes their answer there. Alternatively, if no space is provided in the assessment pages, the candidate leaves a space on their answer page, prints the page, and then draws in the space.
Languages: candidates may use computers for any language except Chinese or Japanese script. After printing they must add by hand any required language-specific script, accents and punctuation. Note: This is unlikely to apply where a candidate is undertaking on-screen (or digital) assessment with a language-specific keyboard or software.