2020 Key Dates for National Secondary Qualifications

Below is a list of key dates relating to national secondary qualifications. You are welcome to download the files below:

Key Dates 2020 Wall Planner (PDF, 217KB)

Key Dates 2020 (DOCX, 37KB)

Electronic (CSV) version:

Instructions for importing key dates to Outlook Calendar: Instructions (PDF, 257KB)

CSV file for download: CSV Key Dates 2020 (CSV, 14KB)        

 

2020
June
1 QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY
Data file submission due
2 June Roll Count Day (MoE)
4 Languages Common Assessment Tasks (CATs) and MCAT Level 1, 91027-Departments start to confirm entries
NZQA advertises for external markers. Online applications open
9 June Roll Return due for schools with secondary candidates (MoE)
17 Final date for acceptance of Memorandum of Agreement online
29 Exam Centre Manager nominations close online
July
1 Data file submission due (correct any errors or warnings from previous submissions and send any additional candidate information in this file, used to prepare Candidate NSN cards)
SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC)-Attach SAC entitlements to external standards from NOW
July Roll Count Day (MoE)
3 TERM 2 ENDS
10 July Roll Return due for all schools (MoE)
Term 3
20 TERM 3 BEGINS
TRANSLATED PAPERS-Check all entries requiring 'Answer' or 'Request' flags are correct for 1 August data file
Check 1 August file contains all known external entries (including NZ Scholarship) for SAC candidates, MCAT Level 1, 91027, Languages CATs and DTHM CATs
22 Candidate NSN cards sent to schools (includes information on accessing entries on the web)
31 SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC)-Include as many exam entries for SAC candidates as possible and continue to attach SAC entitlements to examinations
August
1 Data file submission due (used to calculate the quantity of exam papers and materials for external exams)
Check timetable clashes and confirm candidates' entries
TRANSLATED PAPERS-Final date for 'Answer' and 'Request' flags to be set in data file
MCAT Level 1, 91027-Deadline for schools to advise NZQA of Assessment Day and number of booklets required
19 Check accuracy of externally assessed entries in preparation for 9 September data file submission
September
1 September Roll Count Day (MoE)
8 September Roll Return due for schools with secondary candidates (MoE)
9 Data file submission due (all confirmed entries for Externally Assessed standards including NZ Scholarship. Necessary for candidates to get personalised exam materials)
Final date for withdrawals from Externally Assessed standards including NZ Scholarship
Check timetable clashes and confirm with candidates how examinations will be sat
15 MCAT Level 1, 91027 Assessment Day One
17 MCAT Level 1, 91027 Assessment Day Two
25 TERM 3 ENDS
28 SOUTH CANTERBURY ANNIVERSARY
October
1 Data file submission due (include all confirmed entries into internally assessed standards and entries assigned to courses)
Derived grade applications open online
SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC) 2021. First time applications for entitlement open for 2021
2 SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC)-Applications for Learning Disorder close for 2020
Term 4
12 TERM 4 BEGINS
16 Languages CAT materials available for schools to download
19 Confirm with NZQA three-way examination clash arrangements
20 Languages CAT, Level 2
21 Admission Slips for candidates sent to schools
Languages CAT, Level 1
22  MCAT Level 1, 91027–Last day for entry of ALL provisional results and submissions sent for verification
Languages CAT, Level 3
23 HAWKE'S BAY ANNIVERSARY
26 LABOUR DAY
31 Final date for school payment of NCEA & NZ Scholarship fees for international fee-paying students
November
1 Data file submission due (correct any errors or warnings from previous submissions and send any additional candidate information in this file)
2 MARLBOROUGH ANNIVERSARY
6 Visual Arts Level 1 and 2-start entering provisional results through the provisional results interface
12 Check accuracy of internally assessed entries for 1 December file

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

•  Dance-NZ Scholarship
•  Design and Visual Communication (DVC)-Levels 1, 2, 3 and NZ Scholarship
•  Education for Sustainability-Level 3
•  Music-NZ Scholarship
•  Health and Physical Education-NZ Scholarship
•  Technology-Levels 1, 2, 3 and NZ Scholarship
•  Visual Arts Level 3 and NZ Scholarship

13 CANTERBURY ANNIVERSARY
16 NCEA AND NZ SCHOLARSHIP EXAMINATIONS COMMENCE
MCAT Level 1, 91027-start entering final results
27 Visual Arts-Level 1 and 2-last day for changes to results through the final results interface
30 CHATHAM ISLANDS ANNIVERSARY
WESTLAND ANNIVERSARY
December
1

Final data file submission for 2020 (include all final verified internally assessed results). Files can be submitted up until 10 December. This file is the last opportunity to correct any errors and warnings:

•  Final date for withdrawals from internally assessed standards
•  Do not WITHDRAW leavers

2 School emergency contact details to NZQA
MCAT Level 1, 91027-last day for entry of all final results
9 NCEA AND NZ SCHOLARSHIP EXAMINATIONS END
10    Data file submission links close at midnight (entry and result file processing ends). No further 2020 data files can be uploaded to NZQA after 11.59pm
Web Entries Schools' access closes
Derived grade online applications close
Assessment specifications for 2021 external assessment published online
16  TERM 4 ENDS
Web access to 'Late Internally Assessed Results' for 2020 opens
25 CHRISTMAS DAY
26 BOXING DAY
28 BOXING DAY (OBSERVED)
January 2021
1 NEW YEAR'S DAY
2 DAY AFTER NEW YEAR'S DAY
4 DAY AFTER NEW YEAR'S DAY (OBSERVED)
25 WELLINGTON ANNIVERSARY

 

Column Items
13 January 2020-17 January 2020 NCEA RESULTS AVAILABLE (2019)
17 February 2020-9 March 2020 PRINCIPAL'S NOMINEE SEMINARS
11 August 2020-30 September 2020 EXAM CENTRE MANAGER SEMINARS
16 November 2020-9 December 2020 EXAMINATIONS
7 December 2020-15 January 2021 PROCESSING OF EXTERNALLY ASSESSED RESULTS

 

 
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