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History assessment specification

Scholarship Performance Standard (93403) History
Mode of Assessment Written Examination
For Year 2014

Format of the assessment

There will be a Resource Booklet that will include 10–15 primary and secondary sources that relate to one specific historical context.

There will also be a question-and-answer booklet which will contain two questions.

Candidates will choose ONE question to answer.

There will be two planning pages with the remainder of the booklet containing lined pages for answers.

Candidates will be expected to use most 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.

Candidates must demonstrate their ability to:

  • analyse and think critically about key ideas relevant to the historical context and setting
  • evaluate historical relationships such as cause and effect, continuity and change, past and present, specific and general, patterns and trends
  • judge the reliability and usefulness of historical evidence and evaluate the strengths and limitations of historians’ narratives
  • use highly developed knowledge, historical ideas and skills to develop an argument which demonstrates an understanding of a complex historical context(s) and setting(s)
  • 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 2014 examination will be war as a force of change.

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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