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:

Year Planner 2020 (PDF, 529KB)

Key Dates 2020 (DOCX, 49KB)

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

CSV file for download:

CSV Key Dates 2020 (CSV, 15KB)

 

2020
January
1 NEW YEAR'S DAY
2 DAY AFTER NEW YEAR'S DAY
20 WELLINGTON ANNIVERSARY
Term 1
27 AUCKLAND ANNIVERSARY
EARLIEST DAY TO START TERM 1
31 School contact information to NZQA
February
3 NELSON ANNIVERSARY
SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC)-Rollover/Change opens for entitled candidates
6 WAITANGI DAY
7 LAST DAY TO START TERM 1
19 Final date for 2019 NCEA External Exam Reviews and Reconsiderations
28 Web access to 'Late Internally Assessed Results' closes for 2019
March
2 Web Entries Schools' access opens
March Roll Count Day (MoE)
Memorandum of Agreement online applications opens
6 Final date for 2019 NZ Scholarship Reviews and Reconsiderations
9 TARANAKI ANNIVERSARY
10 March Roll Return due for all schools (MoE)
12 Candidate Information Sheets sent to schools
13 Update of 2020 External Assessment Specifications online
23 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
9 TERM 1 ENDS
SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC). First deadline for first-time applications, rollover and changes
10 GOOD FRIDAY
13 EASTER MONDAY
14 SOUTHLAND ANNIVERSARY
25 ANZAC DAY
27 ANZAC DAY (OBSERVED)
Term 2
28 TERM 2 BEGINS
May
1 Data file submission due (include any additional or updated candidate enrolment and entry information)
11 Exam Centre Manager nominations open online
June
1 QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY
Data file submission due (used to prepare Candidate NSN cards)
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
19 Exam Centre Manager nominations close online
24 Candidate NSN cards sent to schools (includes information on accessing entries on the web)
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
July Roll Count Day (MoE)
3 TERM 2 ENDS
8 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 external entries (including NZ Scholarship) for SAC candidates, MCAT Level 1, 91027, Languages CATs and DTHM CATs
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
Visual Arts: art bag order due
12 Check accuracy of externally assessed entries in preparation for 1 September data file submission
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 entries in SMS or web entries system
Check timetable clashes and advise candidates how examinations will be sat
September Roll Count Day (MoE)
8 September Roll Return due for schools with secondary candidates (MoE)
9 Visual Arts Levels 1 and 2-start entering provisional results
11 Languages CATs materials available for schools to download
15 MCAT Level 1, 91027 Assessment Day One
Languages CATs, Level 2
16 Languages CATs, Level 1
17 MCAT Level 1, 91027 Assessment Day Two
Languages CATs, Level 3
25 TERM 3 ENDS
SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC)-Applications for Learning Disorders close for 2020
28 SOUTH CANTERBURY ANNIVERSARY
October
1 Data file submission due (include all confirmed entries into internally assessed standards and entries assigned to courses)
SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC) 2021. First time applications for entitlement open for 2021
8 Confirm with NZQA three-way examination clash arrangements
Term 4
12 TERM 4 BEGINS
Derived grade applications open online
14 Admission Slips for candidates sent to schools
21 Visual Arts Level 1-Verification portfolios collected from schools. Complete entry of ALL provisional results
22 MCAT Level 1, 91027-Last day for entry of ALL provisional results and submissions sent for verification
23 HAWKE'S BAY ANNIVERSARY
26 LABOUR DAY
28 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

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
5 Visual Arts Level 3 and NZ Scholarship-Portfolio submission/collection date for Level 3 and NZ Scholarship external standards
6 NCEA AND NZ SCHOLARSHIP EXAMINATIONS COMMENCE
Visual Arts Level 1-start entering final results
12 Check accuracy of internally assessed entries for 1 December file
13 CANTERBURY ANNIVERSARY (no examinations on this day)
Visual Arts Level 2-start entering final results
16 MCAT Level 1, 91027-start entering final results
27 Visual Arts-Levels 1 and 2-last day for entry of all final results
30 CHATHAM ISLANDS ANNIVERSARY
WESTLAND ANNIVERSARY
December
1 Final data file submission for 2020 (include all final verified internally assessed results). 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 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 2020 data files can be uploaded to NZQA after 11.59pm
Web entries Schools' access closes
4 Derived grade online applications close
Assessment specifications for 2021 external assessment published online
9 Web access to 'Late Internally Assessed Results' for 2020 opens
16 TERM 4 ENDS
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
7 August 2020-28 September 2020 EXAM CENTRE MANAGER SEMINARS
6 November 2020-2 December 2020 EXAMINATIONS
7 December 2020-7 January 2021 PROCESSING OF EXTERNALLY ASSESSED RESULTS
 
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