NCEA Subject Resources

Subject resource pages are available for the following subjects:

Accounting Geography Pāngarau
Agriculture & Horticulture German Physical Education
Art History Design & Visual Communication Physics
Biology Hangarau Psychology
Business Studies Hauora Pūtaiao
Chemistry Health Religious Studies
Chinese History Samoan
Classical Studies Home Economics Science
Digital Technologies Japanese Social Studies
Cook Islands Māori Korean Sociology
Dance Latin Spanish
Drama Legal Studies Supported Learning
Earth and Space Science Māori Performing Arts & other Field Maori Te Reo Māori
Economics Mathematics and Statistics Te Reo Rangatira
Education for Sustainability Media Studies Technology
English Music Tikanga-ā-Iwi
English Language (EL) New Zealand Sign Language Lea Faka-Tonga
French Ngā Toi Visual Arts
English for Academic Purposes Literacy and Numeracy  Class 1 Driver Licence
Examination papers translated into Te Reo Māori
Te Reo Māori translation subjects

Glossaries For Translated NCEA External Examinations

Science and Technology
English–Māori (PDF, 1.4MB)
Māori–English (PDF, 1.4MB)
English–Māori (PDF, 165KB)
Māori–English (PDF, 168KB)
Social Studies
English–Māori (PDF, 204KB)
Māori–English (PDF, 206KB)

Types of Documents

Each NCEA subject resource page may include some or all of the following types of documents:

Assessment Report An overview of the performance of candidates in the external standards of a subject, for use by teachers and candidates.
Assessment Schedule The markers' guide – what was accepted, or looked for in candidate answers.  Should be read in association with the Judgement Statement.
Assessment Specifications Provide the assessment parameters for each externally assessed achievement standard. Should be read alongside the applicable standards. Cover information such as format of examination paper and context of questions (where appropriate), as well as equipment candidates can bring and use. For portfolio subjects, cover submission date, authenticity requirements, and type and volume of materials that may be submitted as evidence.
Cut Scores Defines how the different levels of performance were separated from each other. For Grade Score Marking, these are the cut scores between the grades N, A, M, and E.
Examination Paper The set of questions to be answered by candidates in the exam room. In some cases there will be a single document; in others there may be separate documents.
Exemplar of Examination Paper An actual student answer script, with annotations from the marker indicating why the script was assessed in the way it was.
Exemplar for Internally Assessed Standard An extract of student evidence, with commentary by the moderator explaining key aspects of the standard (for teacher use).
The Standard
(Unit or Achievement)
Defines the learning outcomes (what the learner will be able to do, or explain, or demonstrate, or understand, etc), as well as the assessment criteria.

New content will be added as it is developed or becomes available.

NZQA thanks the students who have allowed their work to be published as exemplars.

Standards and previous exam documents (and associated reports, schedules, etc.) are also available by searching: search NCEA standards.

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