2021 Key Dates for National Secondary Qualifications

Below is a list of key dates relating to national secondary qualifications.
You are welcome to download the electronic files below:
Key Dates 2021 Wall Planner (PDF, 532KB)
Key Dates 2021 (DOCX, 58KB)
Key Dates 2021 (CSV, 15KB) (instructions (PDF, 257KB) for importing csv key dates to Outlook Calendar)

 

                                                        2021
                                                     FEBRUARY
1     AUCKLAND ANNIVERSARY
NELSON ANNIVERSARY
EARLIEST DAY TO START TERM 1
SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC) - Rollover/Change opens for entitled candidates
2021 Assessment (including Examination) Rules for Schools with Consent to Assess 2021 update published on NZQA website.
6 WAITANGI DAY
8 WAITANGI DAY (OBSERVED)
9 LAST DAY TO START TERM 1
26 Final date for 2020 NCEA External Exam Reviews and Reconsiderations
28 Provider access to 'Late Internally Assessed Results' closes for 2020
                                                     MARCH
1  Web Entries Schools' access opens
Memorandum of Agreement online applications opens
5 Final date for 2020 NZ Scholarship Reviews and Reconsiderations
8 TARANAKI ANNIVERSARY
11 Candidate Information Sheets (for students entering externals) sent to schools
12 Update of 2021 External Assessment Specifications online
22  OTAGO ANNIVERSARY
Data file submission opens (schools can upload entry ad result data files to NZQA from this date)
25 NZQA advertises for Panel Leaders (marking external examinations)
                                                     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.
2 GOOD FRIDAY
5 EASTER MONDAY
6 SOUTHLAND ANNIVERSARY
16  TERM 1 ENDS
SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC) - First deadline for first-time applications, rollover and changes.
25 ANZAC DAY
26 ANZAC DAY (OBSERVED)
                                                     MAY
1 Data file submission due (include any additional or updated candidate enrolment and entry information)
3 TERM 2 BEGINS
10 Exam Centre Manager nominations open online
                                                     JUNE
1 Data file submission due (used to prepare Candidate NSN cards)
3 Digital Technologys & Hangarau Matihiko Common Assessment Tasks (DCAT) and Mathematics Common Assessment Task (MCAT) - Schools can start to confirm entries.
NZQA advertises for external markers. Online applications open
7 QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY
16 Final date to submit Exam Centre Memorandum of Agreement online
18 Exam Centre Manager nominations close online
23 Candidate NSN cards sent to schools (include information on accessing entries on the web)
                                                     JULY
1  Data file submission due (correct any errors or warning from previous submissions and send any additional candidate information in this file)
SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC) - Attach SAC entitlements to external standards from NOW
9 TERM 2 ENDS
26    TERM 3 BEGINS
TRANSLATED PAPERS - Check all external entries requiring translation or marking in Te Reo Māori are correct for 1 August data file

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

Check 1 August file contains all external entries (including NZ Scholarship) for SAC candidates, DCAT and MCAT
30 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 for externals
TRANSLATED PAPERS - Final date to request translation or marking in Te Reo Māori for external entries in your data file
DCAT and MCAT - Deadline for schools to advise NZQA of Assessment Day and confirm number of entries
Visual Arts: art bag order due
2 NZQA platform opens to sit digital practice exams
11 Check accuracy of externally assessed entries in preparation for 1 September data file submission including international student entries in NCEA & NZ Scholarship. Fees for international students are based on entries in the 1 September file.
                                                     SEPTEMBER
1    Data file submission due (all confirmed entries for externally assessed standards including NZ Scholarship needed for candidates to receive personalised exam materials).
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 with candidates how examinations will be sat
8 Visual Arts Levels 1 and 2 - Start entering provisional results
14 MCAT Level 1, 91027 Assessment Day One
16 MCAT Level 1, 91027 Assessment Day Two
DCAT - Term 3 assessment period 20 September - 1 October
27 SOUTH CANTERBURY ANNIVERSARY
                                                     OCTOBER
 1     TERM 3 ENDS
Data file submission due (include all confirmed entries into internally assessed standards and entries assigned to courses)
SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC) - Applications for Learning Disorder close for 2021.
- First time applications for entitlement open for 2022
Derived grade applications open online
Last day to sit digital practice exams on the NZQA platform
18   TERM 4 BEGINS
DCAT - Term 4 assessment period 18 - 27 October
Confirm with NZQA three-way examination clash arrangements
20 Admission Slips for candidates sent to schools
21 MCAT Level 1, 91027 - Last day for entry of ALL provisional results and submissions sent for verification
22 HAWKE'S BAY ANNIVERSARY
25 LABOUR DAY
27 Submission of candidate work and attendance rolls for the following external standards: (collected from schools)
- Dance-NZ Scholarship
- Design and Visual Communications (DVC)-Levels 1, 2, 3 and
 NZ Scholarship
- Education for Sustainability-Level 3
- Health and Physical Education-NZ Scholarship
- Music-NZ Scholarship
- Technology-Levels 1, 2, 3 and NZ Scholarship
- Visual Arts Levels 1-Verification portfolios and ALL provisional results entry must be entered.
31 Final date for school payment of NCEA & NZ Scholarship fees for international fee-paying students
                                                     NOVEMBER
1  MARLBOROUGH ANNIVERSARY
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)
3 Visual Arts Level 2-Verification portfolios collected from schools. Complete entry of ALL provisional results
8 NCEA and NZ SCHOLARSHIP EXAMINATIONS COMMENCE
11  Check accuracy of internally assessed entries for 1 December file
Visual Arts Level 3 and NZ Scholarship-Portfolio submission/collection date for Level 3 and NZ Scholarship external standards
12  CANTERBURY ANNIVERSARY (usually no examinations on this day)
Visual Arts Level 1-Start entering final results
15 MCAT Level 1, 91027-Start entering final results
19 Visual Arts Level 2-Start entering final results
29  CHATHAM ISLANDS ANNIVERSARY
WESTLAND ANNIVERSARY
30 Visual Arts Levels 1 and 2-Last day for entry of all final results
                                                     DECEMBER
1   Final data file submission for 2021 (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
2   NCEA AND NZ SCHOLARSHIP EXAMINATIONS END
School emergency contact details to NZQA
MCAT Level 1, 91027-Last day for entry of all final results
3  Data file submission links close at midnight (entry and result file processing ends). No further 2021 data files can be uploaded to NZQA after 11.59pm
Web Entries Schools' access closes
6  Derived grade online applications close
Assessment specifications for 2022 external assessment published online
13 Provider access to 'Late Internally Assessed Results' for 2021 opens
20 TERM 4 ENDS (no later than)
25 CHRISTMAS DAY
26 BOXING DAY
27 CHRISTMAS DAY (OBSERVED)
28 BOXING DAY (OBSERVED)
                                                     JANUARY 2022
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

 

KEY BUSINESS DATES
23 February - 12 March 2021 LEADING NATIONAL ASSESSMENT SEMINARS
8 November - 2 December 2021 EXAMINATIONS
3 December 2021 - 6 January 2022 PROCESSING OF EXTERNALLY ASSESSED RESULTS

 

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

 

 
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