2022 Key Dates for National Secondary Qualifications

Below is a list of key dates relating to national secondary qualifications.
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2022 JANUARY

2022    JANUARY

1 NEW YEAR’S DAY
2 DAY AFTER NEW YEAR’S DAY
3 NEW YEAR’S DAY (OBSERVED)
4 DAY AFTER NEW YEAR’S DAY (OBSERVED)
24 WELLINGTON ANNIVERSARY

  

31

AUCKLAND ANNIVERSARY

NELSON ANNIVERSARY

Earliest day to start Term 1

FEBRUARY

FEBRUARY
1

Special Assessment Conditions (SAC) - Rollover/Change opens for entitled candidates

2022 Assessment (including Examination) Rules for Schools with Consent to Assess 2022 update published on NZQA website

6 WAITANGI DAY
7 WAITANGI DAY (Observed)
8

Last day to start Term 1

 22

 Leading National Assessment Seminars begin (22 February - 11 March)

 25

 Final date for 2021 NCEA External Exam Reviews for Reconsiderations

 28

 Provider access to 'Late Internally Assessed Results' closes for 2021

MARCH

MARCH
1

Web Entries Schools' access opens

4

Final date for 2021 NZ Scholarship Reviews and Reconsiderations

10

Candidate Information Sheets (for students entering externals) sent to schools

11

Update of 2022 External Assessment Specifications online

14

TARANAKI ANNIVERSARY

21

OTAGO ANNIVERSARY

Data file submission open (entry and result data files can be uploaded to NZQA from this date)
24

NZQA advertises for Panel Leaders (marking external examinations)

APRIL

APRIL
1

First data file submission due (include as many candidate enrolments, courses and entries as possible)

NZQA starts to process entry and result data file. Data files can be submitted more than once a month

Email Schools@nzqa.govt.nz of any new twins or triplets entered for NCEA

Memorandum of Agreement online applications opens

14

 TERM 1 ENDS

SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC). First deadline for first-time applications, rollover and changes

15

GOOD FRIDAY

18

 EASTER MONDAY

19

 SOUTHLAND ANNIVERSARY

15

 SCHOOL HOLIDAYS 15 APRIL - 1 MAY

25

 ANZAC DAY

MAY

MAY
1

Data file submission due -include any additional or updated candidate enrolment and entry information

Data files can be submitted more than once a month

2

TERM 2 BEGINS

9

Exam Centre Manager nominations open online

JUNE

JUNE
1

Data file submission due (used to prepare Candidate NSN cards)

Data files can be submitted more than once a month

2

Digital Technologies & Hangarau Matihiko Common Assessment Tasks (DCAT) and Mathematics Common Assessment Task (MCAT) - School can start to confirm entries

NZQA advertises for external markers. Online applications open

6 QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY
15

Final date to submit Exam Centre Memorandum of Agreement online

17

Exam Centre Manager nominations close online

22

Candidate NSN cards sent to schools (includes information on accessing entries on the web)

24 MATARIKI

JULY

JULY
1

Data file submission due -correct any errors or warnings from previous submissions and send any additional candidate information in this file

Data files can be submitted more than once a month

SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC) - Attach SAC entitlements to external standards from NOW

8

TERM 2 ENDS

9

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS 9 - 24 JULY

25

TERM 3 BEGINS

TRANSLATED PAPERS - Check all entries requiring translation or marking in Te Reo Maori are correct for 1 August data file

Check 1 August file contains all external entries (including NZ Scholarship) for SAC, DCAT and MCAT candidates

Submission instructions published on the NZQA website for:
• Dance-NZ Scholarship
• Design and Visual Communications (DVC)-Levels 1, 2, 3 and NZ Scholarship
• DCAT-Levels 1, 2 and 3
• Drama-NZ Scholarship
• Education for Sustainability-Level 3
• Health and Physical Education-NZ Scholarship
• Languages-NZ Scholarship
• MCAT–Level 1
• Music-NZ Scholarship
• Technology-Levels 1, 2, 3 and NZ Scholarship
• Visual Arts-Levels 1, 2, 3 and NZ Scholarship

29

SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC) - Include as many exam entries for SAC candidates as possible and continue to attach SAC entitlements to examinations

AUGUST

AUGUST
1

Data file submission due -used to calculate the quantity of exam papers and materials for external exams
Data files can be submitted more than once a month

Check timetable clashes and confirm candidates' entries for externals

TRANSLATED PAPERS - Final date to request translation or marking in Te Reo Maori for external entries in your data file

DCAT and MCAT - Deadline for schools to advise NZQA of Assessment Day and confirm entries

Visual Arts: art bag order due

10

Check accuracy of externally assessed entries in preparation for 1 September data file submission including international student entries in NCEA & NZ Scholarship.

Fees for internation students are based on entries in the 1 September file

15

 NZQA platform opens to sit digital practice exams

SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER
1

Data file submission due -all confirmed entries for externally assessed standards including NZ Scholarship needed for candidates to receive personalised exam materials

Data files can be submitted more than once a month

Final date for withdrawals from externally assessed standards including NZ Scholarship

Final date to confirm digital exam entries without requiring NZQA pre-approval

Check timetable clashes and confirm candidates how examinations will be sat

7

Visual Arts Levels 1 and 2 - start entering provisional results

13

MCAT Level 1, 91027 Assessment Day One

15

MCAT Level 1, 91027 Assessment Day Two

19

DCAT term 3 assessment period

26

SOUTH CANTERBURY ANNIVERSARY

30

TERM 3 ENDS

SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC)- Applications for Learning Disorder close for 2022.
First time applications for entitlement open for 2022

Derived grade applications open online

Last day to sit digital practice exams on the NZQA platform

OCTOBER

OCTOBER
1

Data file submission due -include all confirmed entries into internally assessed standards and entries assigned to courses

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS 1 - 16 October

17

TERM 4 BEGINS

DCAT term 4 assessment period 17-28 October

19

Admission Slips for candidates sent to schools

20

MCAT Level 1, 91027 - Last day for entry of ALL provisional results and submissions sent for verification

21

HAWKE'S BAY ANNIVERSARY

24

LABOUR DAY

25

Confirm with NZQA three-way examination clash arrangements

26

Submission of candidate work and attendance rolls for the following external standards: (collected from schools)

31

Final date for school payment of NCEA and NZ Scholarship fees for international fee-paying students

MARLBOROUGH ANNIVERSARY

NOVEMBER

NOVEMBER
1

Data file submission due -include Unexpected Event Grades (UEGs) and correct any errors or warnings from previous submissions and send any additional candidate information in this file

2

Visual Arts Level 2 - Verification portfolios collected from schools. Complete entry of ALL provisional results

7

NCEA and NZ SCHOLARSHIP EXAMINATIONS COMMENCE (7 Nov - 2 Dec)

10

Check accuracy of internally assessed entries for 1 December file

Visual Arts Level 3 and NZ Scholarship - Portfolio submission/collection for Level 3 and NZ Scholarship external standards

11

CANTERBURY ANNIVERSARY (no examinations on this day)

Visual Arts Level 1 - start entering final results

14

MCAT Level 1, 91027 - start entering final results

18

Visual Arts-Level 2 - start entering final results

28

CHATHAM ISLANDS ANNIVERSARY

WESTLAND ANNIVERSARY

29

Visual Arts - Levels 1 and 2, last day for entry of all final results

DECEMBER

DECEMBER
1

Final data file submission for 2022 -include all final verified internally assessed results and UEGs. This file is the last opportunity to correct any remaining errors and warnings:

Final date for withdrawals from internally assessed standards

DO NOT WITHDRAW leavers

Final date for withdrawals from internally assessed standards

2

NCEA AND NZ SCHOLARSHIP EXAMINATIONS END

School emergency contact details to NZQA

Final date to submit assessment plan for 2023 moderation

MCAT Level 1, 91027-last day for entry of all final results

Processing of externally assessed results (2 Dec 2022 - 7 Jan 2023)

5

Data file submission links close at midnight (entry and result file processing ends). No further 2022 data files can be uploaded to NZQA after 11.59pm

Web Entries Schools' access closes

Derived grade online applications close

Assessment specifications for 2023 external assessment published online

12

Provider access to 'Late Internally Assessed Results' for 2022 opens

20

TERM 4 ENDS (no later than)

25

CHRISTMAS DAY

26

BOXING DAY

27

CHRISTMAS DAY (Observed)

2023 JANUARY

2023 JANUARY
1

NEW YEAR'S DAY

2

DAY AFTER NEW YEAR'S DAY

3

NEW YEAR'S DAY (Observed)

23

WELLINGTON ANNIVERSARY

30

AUCKLAND ANNIVERSARY

NELSON ANNIVERSARY

 

Key Business Dates 2022  
22 Feb – 11 March Leading National Assessment seminars
7 Nov – 2 Dec External Exams
2 Dec 2022 – 7 Jan 2023 Processing of externally assessed results

 

Note: Data files
*Data files should be submitted for the 1st of each month from April to December. Data files can be submitted more than once a month.

 

 
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