About NCEA Online

New Zealand schools are increasingly using digitally enabled teaching and learning, and NCEA assessments need to reflect this.

We’ve been giving students a chance to do some of their NCEA exams online since 2015 (through trials, pilots, practice and end of year exams) and thousands have taken part. Students tell us that they prefer it.

Check out the National secondary examinations timetable for the list of subjects offered digitally.

Check out the key findings from the 2021 NCEA Online evaluation.

NZQA will be supporting schools and students to prepare for NCEA Online through:

  • Practice activities - showing students and teachers the features of NCEA Online. 
  • Digital device check - students can check their device and its software are compatible with the NCEA Online software.
  • School readiness - working with school leaders to help them assess their readiness to offer their students the option of NCEA Online.
  • Technical readiness - working through Network for Learning to help school leaders and their IT support people to assess their readiness.
  • Training – providing Exam Centre Managers and Supervisors with the knowledge and skills to administer digital exam sessions.  

Schools considering participation in the 2023 digital practice and NCEA exams can check out our website for information about getting ready for digital exams

NZQA will keep working with schools and students to ensure technology delivers a good user experience for a subject before it is offered as a digital assessment that counts towards NCEA. We are continuing to investigate options where formulas or special characters are required, such as mathematics, science and music. 

The Digital Assessment Vision provides more information about the direction of NCEA Online. 


Page last updated September 2022

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