NCEA Online: What's New in 2019

22 Aug 2019

Information about our updated service for School Principals, Principal’s Nominees, Teachers and Students.


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 are available here.
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). See here.
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 provide support based on each school’s readiness feedback
Process for managing unexpected events
A new process for what was previously known as “exceptional circumstances” has been developed. See here.


Supported devices Continues to be laptops, desktops, notebooks and Chromebooks. No access via mobile phones, iPads, touch screen devices without a keyboard.  Click here for more information.
Supported browsers Google Chrome V54, Firefox V49, Safari V10+; other browsers blocked
Notes; highlight; change line height; planning box; copy, paste and drag text; zoom; pause; regular auto-save; spell-check (English); enlarge and change font (where appropriate)
Student login On admission slip


August and September:

Webinars for exam coordinators and technical support on preparing for digital exams

By 1 September:

Schools to confirm digital entries 


2019 NCEA exams begin





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