New Zealand Scholarship History

History assessment specification

Scholarship Performance Standard (93403) History
Mode of Assessment Written Examination
For Year 2017
  Updated March 2017

Format of the assessment

There will be a Resource Booklet that will include primary and secondary sources.

There will also be a Question Booklet containing the essay question and a separate Answer Booklet.

In the answer booklet, there will be two planning pages with the remainder of the booklet containing lined pages for answers.

Candidates will be expected to use at least SIX of the sources in the resource booklet as well as their own knowledge. Candidates will be required to evaluate the evidence in the sources and produce a single piece of writing in the form of an essay.

Candidates must demonstrate their ability to:

  • analyse and think critically about key ideas relevant to the historical context and setting
  • use highly developed knowledge, historical ideas, and skills to develop an argument that demonstrates an understanding of a complex historical context(s) and setting(s)
  • evaluate historical relationships such as cause and effect, continuity and change, past and present, specific and general, and patterns and trends
  • judge the reliability and usefulness of historical evidence, and evaluate the strengths and limitations of historians’ narratives
  • communicate a substantiated and balanced argument within an effective written format including an introduction, conclusion, and structured paragraphs that are organised around a focused argument, a detailed knowledge of chronology, and accurate supporting evidence to the context(s) and setting(s).

Content/Context details

The context of the sources and question provided will vary each year.

The context for the 2017 examination will be History as Progress.

Candidates will demonstrate their understanding of the key ideas and historical relationships associated with this context, using their judgement of historical evidence and narratives.

2017 Examination timetable

History resources

The links listed below are for resources to help teachers and students understand what is required for success in New Zealand Scholarship.

 
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