Choosing digital devices for learning and assessment

20 Dec 2018

With more schools learning, teaching and assessing in an online environment, NZQA has outlined the main device requirements for students opting to sit exams online.

About a third of exam subjects will be offered digitally in 2019, with a further third planned to be offered in 2020.

We are delivering digital assessment because it is most relevant for students, reflecting the way they use electronic devices every day and helping students prepare for how they will learn, work and live.

The main technical device requirements for sitting exams digitally are these:

Device specifications:

  • Most laptops (including Chromebooks) and desktop computers are compatible with the digital exam platform
  • Netbooks can run digital exams but have very small screens and slow processors
  • Note: iPads and touch screen portable devices do not currently meet the security requirements of the digital exam platform and cannot be used

Devices will need to run the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows 7, 8.1, 10+
  • Apple Mac OS 10.13+
  • Chrome OS

Digital examinations will be offered in 2019 only on these browsers:

  • Google Chrome version 70+
  • Firefox version 59+
  • Safari (Mac) version 11+

We are continuing to work with schools and students to ensure technology delivers a good user experience for a particular subject before it is offered as a digital assessment that counts towards NCEA. We recognise schools are at different stages regarding their approach to digital teaching and learning and digital assessment needs to be in sync with that. We will continue offering the paper-based exams as schools transition towards digital education.

Full details on technical requirements can be found here.

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