NCEA Online: What's New in 2019

28 Jun 2019

Information about our updated service for School Principals, Principal’s Nominees, Teachers and Students with new items identified with an asterisk *


Text-based subjects at levels 1, 2 and 3 14 subjects; 35 exam sessions. Click here for more information.
Te reo translation Available on request; no change
Digital exams All results from digital exams count towards NCEA; no Trials and Pilots


Practise using features and functions of
exam software
Practical activities and video resources available from end of July
Experiencing the examination layout and navigation
2018 papers available for 35 exam sessions in updated digital format for practice (papers not available for Derived Grade evidence)
Schools opting in Schools continue to opt in; digital sessions flagged via Student Management System
Students switching to paper on the day Students can continue to switch to paper on the day
For Exam Centre Managers (ECM) and Supervisors Enhanced support materials; enhanced dashboard for exam management


NZQA overall support Scaled up NZQA support model managed by NCEA Online and Operations and Logistics teams
School support School Relationship Managers individualise support based on each school’s readiness feedback
Process for managing exceptional circumstances New process developed (details to come)


Supported devices Continues to be laptops, desktops, notebooks and Chromebooks. No access via mobile phones, iPads, touch screen devices.  Click here for more information.
Supported browsers Google Chrome V70, Firefox V59, Safari V11+; other browsers blocked
Functionality: spell-check (English); enlarge and change font; change line height; planning box; copy, paste and drag text; zoom; pause; regular auto-save Some new functionality (information to be updated as it is confirmed for each subject)
Student login * Students set up with a login to the exam software for 2019



Digitised 2018 exam papers available

Final school checks start, using guidance from NZQA

By 1 September:

Schools to confirm digital entries 


2019 NCEA exams begin


Next update: July



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