2019 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:

Year Planner 2019 (PDF, 271KB) Key Dates 2019 (DOCX, 49KB)
Electronic (CSV) version:
Instructions for importing key dates to Outlook Calendar: Instructions (PDF, 257KB) CSV file for download: CSV Key Dates 2019 (CSV, 16KB)

 

2019
TermStartsEnds
Term 1 28 January (earliest) or
7 February (at the latest)
12 April
Term 2 29 April 5 July
Term 3 22 July 27 September
Term 4 14 October 13 December (no later than)

 

January
1 NEW YEAR'S DAY
2 DAY AFTER NEW YEAR'S DAY
21 WELLINGTON ANNIVERSARY
Term 1
28 AUCKLAND ANNIVERSARY
EARLIEST DAY TO START TERM 1
February
1 SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC)-Rollover/Change opens for entitled candidates
School contact information to NZQA
4 NELSON ANNIVERSARY
6 WAITANGI DAY
7 LAST DAY TO START TERM 1
16 Final date for 2018 NCEA External Exam Reviews and Reconsiderations
28 Web access to 'Late Internally Assessed Results' closes for 2018
March
1 Web Entries Schools' access opens
March Roll Count Day (MoE)
Memorandum of Agreement online applications opens
Final date for 2018 NZ Scholarship Reviews and Reconsiderations
8 March Roll Return due for all schools (MoE)
11 TARANAKI ANNIVERSARY
13 Candidate Information Sheets sent to schools
15 Update of 2019 External Assessment Specifications online
25 OTAGO ANNIVERSARY
Data file submission links open (entry and result data files can be uploaded to NZQA from this date)
26 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). Entry and result data file processing begins
Financial Assistance income thresholds published on Work and Income website
12 TERM 1 ENDS
SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC). First deadline for first-time applications, rollover and changes
19 GOOD FRIDAY
22 EASTER MONDAY
23 SOUTHLAND ANNIVERSARY
25 ANZAC DAY
Term 2
29 TERM 2 BEGINS
May
1 Data file submission due (include any additional or updated candidate enrolment and entry information)
13 Exam Centre Manager nominations open online
30 June Roll Count Day (MoE)
June
1 Data file submission due (used to prepare Candidate NSN cards)
3 QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY
4 MCAT Level 1, 91027-Maths Department start to confirm entries
NZQA advertises for external markers. Online applications open
7 June Roll Return due for schools with secondary candidates (MoE)
17 Final date for acceptance of Memorandum of Agreement online
18 Candidate NSN cards sent to schools (includes information on accessing entries on the web)
24 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)
SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC)-Attach SAC entitlements to external standards from NOW
Visual Arts: art bag order due
July Roll Count Day (MoE)
5 TERM 2 ENDS
10 July Roll Return due for all schools (MoE)
Term 3
22 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 external entries (including NZ Scholarship) for SAC candidates and MCAT Level 1, 91027
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
SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC)-Include as many exam entries for SAC candidates as possible and continue to attach SAC entitlements to examinations
12 Check accuracy of externally assessed entries in preparation for 1 Sep data file submission
16 Visual Arts: Digital Portfolio intention returns due
September
1 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
Final date to flag digital pilot entries in SMS or web entries system
Check timetable clashes and advise candidates how examinations will be sat
Due date for 'on time' Financial Assistance applications for accurate school fee payment
2 September Roll Count Day (MoE)
9 Visual Arts Levels 1 and 2-start entering provisional results
September Roll Return due for schools with secondary candidates (MoE)
13 Verified languages Common Assessment Task (CAT) materials available for schools to download
17 Final date for school payment of NCEA and NZ Scholarship fees to NZQA
MCAT Level 1, 91027 Assessment Day One
Verified languages, Level 2 Common Assessment Task (CAT)
18 Verified languages, Level 1 Common Assessment Task (CAT)
19 MCAT Level 1, 91027 Assessment Day Two
Verified Languages, Level 3 Common Assessment Task (CAT)
23 SOUTH CANTERBURY ANNIVERSARY
27 TERM 3 ENDS
SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC)-Applications for Learning Disorders close for 2019
October
1 Data file submission due (include all confirmed entries into internally assessed standards and entries assigned to courses)
Derived grade process information sent to schools
SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC) 2020. First time applications for entitlement open for 2020
8 Confirm with NZQA three-way examination clash arrangements
Term 4
14 TERM 4 BEGINS
Derived grade applications open online
15 Admission Slips for candidates sent to schools
16 Verified Languages-Last day for entry of provisional results for school marked papers. Submissions sent for verification
23 Visual Arts Level 1-Verification portfolios collected from schools. Complete entry of ALL provisional results
24 MCAT Level 1, 91027-Last day for entry of ALL provisional results and submissions sent for verification
25 HAWKE'S BAY ANNIVERSARY
28 LABOUR DAY
31 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
  • Physical Education-NZ Scholarship
  • Technology-Levels 1, 2, 3 and NZ Scholarship
  • Visual Arts Level 2-Verification portfolios. Complete entry of ALL provisional results
November
1 Data file submission due (correct any errors or warnings from previous submissions and send any additional candidate information in this file)
4 MARLBOROUGH ANNIVERSARY
7 Visual Arts Level 3 and NZ Scholarship-Portfolio submission/collection date for Level 3 and Scholarship external standards
8 NCEA AND NZ SCHOLARSHIP EXAMINATIONS COMMENCE
Visual Arts Level 1-start entering final results
14 Check accuracy of internally assessed entries for 1 December file
15 CANTERBURY ANNIVERSARY (no examinations on this day)
Visual Arts Level 2-start entering final results
18 MCAT Level 1, 91027 and Verified Languages-start entering final results
29 Visual Arts-Levels 1 and 2-last day for entry of all final results
December
1 Final data file submission for 2019 (include all final verified internally assessed results and any late Financial Assistance applications). This file is the last opportunity to correct any errors and warnings:
  • Final date for withdrawals from internally assessed standards
  • Last date for loading late Financial Assistance applications
  • Late fee for 2019 NCEA and NZ Scholarship applies from this date
  • Do not WITHDRAW leavers
2 CHATHAM ISLANDS ANNIVERSARY
WESTLAND ANNIVERSARY
3 NCEA AND NZ SCHOLARSHIP EXAMINATIONS END
School emergency contact details to NZQA
MCAT Level 1, 91027 and Verified Languages-last day for entry of all final results
5 Data file submission links close at midnight (entry and result file processing ends). No further 2019 data files can be uploaded to NZQA after 11.59pm
Web entries Schools' access closes
6 Derived grade online applications close
Assessment specifications for 2020 external assessment published online
11 Web access to 'Late Internally Assessed Results' for 2019 opens
13 TERM 4 ENDS
Withdraw leaving students in ENROL by today (MoE)
25 CHRISTMAS DAY
26 BOXING DAY
January 2020 1
1 NEW YEAR'S DAY
2 DAY AFTER NEW YEAR'S DAY
20 WELLINGTON ANNIVERSARY
27 AUCKLAND ANNIVERSARY
EARLIEST DAY TO START TERM 1

 

Column Items
14 January 2019-18 January 2019 NCEA RESULTS AVAILABLE (2018)
18 February 2019-11 March 2019 PRINCIPAL'S NOMINEE SEMINARS
30 August 2019-30 September 2019 EXAM CENTRE MANAGER SEMINARS
8 November 2019-3 December 2019 EXAMINATIONS
7 December 2019-7 January 2020 PROCESSING OF EXTERNALLY ASSESSED RESULTS

 

 
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