More digital NCEA subjects for 2020

10 Dec 2019

Around two thirds of NCEA exams will be available to sit digitally in 2020, as NZQA further expands the range of subjects available online.

The number of digital sessions will increase from 35 this year to 58, adding Levels 2 and 3 Te Reo Māori and Te Reo Rangatira, Level 3 Psychology, and foreign languages at three levels: Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Sāmoan and Spanish.

Andrea Gray, Deputy Chief Executive Digital Assessment Transformation, said because of the wider range of subjects on offer, she expects the number of schools offering one or more digital exams to increase from the 201 participating this year.

“We also expect a further increase in the number of digital candidates and subjects entered.”

Nearly 20,000 students entered to sit one or more of the 14 exam subjects offered digitally. This represents roughly four times the schools, three times the students and four times the number of digital exam sessions from 2018.

On 12 and 13 November more than 10,000 online exams were completed – nearly 60% of the digital exams for the 2019 round.

“Our focus in 2020 will be to continue to expand the range of subjects and streamline support for schools.  This includes behind the scenes service delivery and system and functionality improvements.

“We will continue to offer web-based practice activities to show students and teachers the features of digital exams and provide a range of readiness training and preparation for students, school and exam staff.”

Ms Gray said NZQA will be continuing its staged delivery of NCEA Online so schools can move at the pace that suits them.

“We will be working closely with the schools, students and the wider community to ensure their input is built into our ongoing development.

“This includes looking at how subjects requiring symbols and special characters, such as mathematics and science, can be incorporated into NCEA Online in the next few years, and improving the accessibility of the online platform for students with special assessment conditions.”

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