NCEA Level 3 History exam

16 Nov 2018

The question for the Level 3 Achievement Standard 91438 ‘Analyse the causes and consequences of a significant historical event’ was produced by an exam development team. This team is comprised of experienced teachers who are currently teaching History at this level.

This standard had the following essay task:
Julius Caesar once said, “events of importance are the result of trivial causes.”
With reference to the causes and consequences of a historical event you have studied this year, analyse the extent to which you agree or disagree with Caesar.

The language used in the question, such as the word ‘trivial’, was expected to be within the range of vocabulary for a NCEA Level 3 History student. When there are any unfamiliar words in any material for an exam, a glossary is provided.

If candidates have addressed the quote and integrated their ideas with it, then they will be given credit for the strength of their argument and analysis and will not be penalised for misinterpreting the word ‘trivial’.

There have been no changes as a consequence of the petition.

Our standard marking processes enable recognition of relevant student evidence.

We publish all our exam papers here on our website.

Note: there were just over 6,300 students entered to sit this standard.

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