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2016 Assessment Report

Japanese assessment specification

Scholarship Performance Standard (93002) Japanese
Mode of Assessment Written Examination
For Year 2017

Resources or information supplied:

  • A question-and-answer booklet for each candidate
  • A CD that the Listening passage(s) are recorded on
  • A laminated 'Speaking Task' card
  • A new CD with a CD case for each candidate (supplied by the school).

Special notes:

The exam consists of TWO parts, held in a three-hour time slot:

  • first, a two-hour Writing section with two questions in JAPANESE and ENGLISH response to spoken and written stimulus material in JAPANESE
  • second, a short individual Speaking section, scheduled within a one-hour time slot, with one question in JAPANESE and ENGLISH.

Candidates will undertake the two-hour Writing section in a Writing Room and will undertake the Speaking section individually in a Recording Room.

Section One: Writing (two hours)

QUESTION ONE

This question will require a response written in JAPANESE, to passage(s) spoken in JAPANESE, and provided on a CD. 

The Listening passages(s) will:

  • require approximately 30 minutes listening time
  • be repeated three times: the first time as a whole, the second and third times in sections, with a pause after each section
  • consist of no more than three passages
  • contain complex JAPANESE and concepts
  • be linked around a common theme.

 In their written responses, candidates will be expected to:

  • effectively communicate with perception and insight and create meaning in JAPANESE
  • use a wide variety of complex structures and vocabulary that are well integrated into a synthesised response
  • show understanding of the stimulus material and its inferences, through analysis and evaluation, independent reflection, and extrapolation
  • assemble ideas in logical, clear, concise and seamless/coherent manner, and make minimal use of expressions from the stimulus material
  • go considerably beyond the stimulus material.

QUESTION TWO

This question will require a response written in ENGLISH or TE REO MĀORI, to stimulus material written in JAPANESE, provided in the question-and-answer booklet.

The written stimulus material will:

  • consist of no more than three texts
  • contain complex JAPANESE and concepts
  • be linked around a common theme.

In their written responses, candidates will be expected to:

  • effectively communicate with perception and insight and create meaning in ENGLISH or TE REO MĀORI
  • express ideas convincingly and hold the interest of the intended audience
  • show understanding of the stimulus material and its inferences, through analysis and evaluation, independent reflection and extrapolation
  • justify their own arguments in a logical, coherent and seamless manner.

At the end of the Writing section of the examination, all candidate question-and-answer booklets will be collected, and candidates will be sequestered in the Writing Room. From there, they will go, one at a time, in predetermined order, to the Recording Room to undertake Section Two. 

Section Two: Speaking (individual sessions within a one-hour time slot)

QUESTION THREE

Candidates will be required to give a spoken response of 3–4 minutes to a question related to the listening passage(s) and / or the written text(s). The question will be in JAPANESE and ENGLISH, and the response will be in JAPANESE.

In the Recording Room, candidates will be given:

  • a straightforward question linked to Question One and/or Question Two, written on a laminated card
  • paper and pen on which to draft a response/write notes
  • 10 minutes to draft an oral response to the question.

At the end of 10 minutes, candidates will give a spoken response of 3–4 minutes, in JAPANESE, to the question. Candidates may use their notes as they speak.

Candidates will be expected to:

  • interpret the stimulus material accurately, and link it with their own ideas
  • use appropriate idiomatic expressions, fillers, and pauses
  • communicate with confidence and style and in a manner that is natural, fluent, and flexible
  • express and communicate their ideas in a convincing way that captivates and holds the interest of the intended audience.

Once they have given their oral response, candidates will hand back the laminated card, leave the Recording Room, and exit the Exam Centre; they will not return to the Writing Room.

Information for Candidates (PDF, 76KB)

2017 Examination timetable

Japanese 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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