2021 Key Dates for National Secondary Qualifications

Below is a list of key dates relating to national secondary qualifications. (Please note changes to key dates due to the Covid-19 disruption have been highlighted.)
You are welcome to download the electronic files below:
Key Dates 2021 Wall Planner - September update (PDF, 545KB)
Key Dates 2021 - September update (DOCX, 50KB)

 

                                                          2021
                                                     SEPTEMBER
1    Data file submission due - Please include as many entries as possible 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
Check timetable clashes and confirm with candidates how examinations will be sat
7 (am) Last day to advise NZQA of any changes to MCAT assessment day (via the MCAT Alternative Day Request form available on the Mathematics subject page) for printed booklets. Schools must print their own copies for any requests received after 12 pm
17 MCAT booklets dispatched to schools
DCAT - Term 3 assessment period 20 September - 1 October
27 SOUTH CANTERBURY ANNIVERSARY
28 MCAT Level 1, 91027 Assessment Day One
30 MCAT Level 1, 91027 Assessment Day Two
                                                     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. (Email sac@nzqa.govt.nz if you cannot meet this deadline)
- First time applications for entitlement open for 2022
15 Derived grade applications open online
18   TERM 4 BEGINS
DCAT - Term 4 assessment period 18 October - 12 November
22 HAWKE'S BAY ANNIVERSARY
25 LABOUR DAY
31 Final date for school payment of NCEA & NZ Scholarship fees for international fee-paying students
Last day to sit digital practice exams on the NZQA platform
                                                     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)
Confirm with NZQA three-way examination clash arrangements
3 Admission Slips for candidates sent to schools
4 MCAT Level 1, 91027 – Last day for entry of ALL provisional results and samples to be sent for verification
5 Visual Arts Level 1 and 2-start entering provisional results through the provisional results interface
10 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
Pre-approval applications for National Representation closes
11 Check accuracy of internally assessed entries for 1 December file
12  CANTERBURY ANNIVERSARY
18 Visual Arts Level 3 and NZ Scholarship-Portfolio submission/collection date for Level 3 and NZ Scholarship external standards
22 NCEA and NZ SCHOLARSHIP EXAMINATIONS COMMENCE
MCAT Level 1, 91027-Start entering final results
29  CHATHAM ISLANDS ANNIVERSARY
WESTLAND ANNIVERSARY
30 Visual Arts Levels 1 and 2-Last day for changes to results through the final results interface
                                                     DECEMBER
1   Data file submission due (include all final verified internally assessed results and UEGs).
Final date for withdrawals from internally assessed standards
DO NOT WITHDRAW leavers
2   School emergency contact details to NZQA
13 Final data file submission for 2021 (Reminder: please include all final verified internally assessed results and UEGs). This file is the last opportunity to correct any remaining errors and warnings
14 NCEA AND NZ SCHOLARSHIP EXAMINATIONS END
15 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
16 Derived grade online applications close (including portfolio and submitted subjects)
Assessment specifications for 2022 external assessment published online
MCAT Level 1, 91027-Last day for entry of all final results
17 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
22 November -
14 December 2021
EXAMINATIONS
15 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 September to December.
 Data files can be submitted more than once a month

 

 
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