Assessment (including Examination) Rules for Schools with Consent to Assess 2022

7.1.8 Review or Reconsideration of External Assessment Results

  1. Candidates may apply to NZQA for a review or reconsideration of results of external assessments except in the case of -
    1. Level 1 and 2 Visual Arts standards, and
    2. Level 1 Mathematics and Statistics 91027 (MCAT) -
    for which they need to apply to the School and the School is responsible through their policies for any review of results in accordance with the process NZQA advises to the Schools in 2022.
  2. Responses which have been changed in any way will not be eligible for review or reconsideration and will be dealt with under Breaches of the Rules - External Assessment.
  3. In the unlikely event that external assessment material goes missing, and in the absence of evidence to the contrary, reviews and reconsiderations are not available, and the existing reported grade will stand.
  4. All Candidates will be notified of the outcome of the review or reconsideration within six weeks of receipt of their complete application by NZQA.


  5. Candidates may request a review of external assessment material only if they consider a processing error has been made (such as one or more sections unmarked, the incorrect transfer of scores or missing pages in a scanned script).
  6. NZQA will fix and publish the closing date for review requests in 2022 which will be not less than seven days after the external assessment materials are returned following the results having been released.
  7. In exceptional circumstances, NZQA may accept late review requests.
  8. The review request must be made in writing to NZQA and must specify the nature of the alleged processing error.


  9. Reconsideration of externally assessed standards is available except where it is not practicable to do so.
  10. Candidates may apply for reconsideration if they believe that their work has not been assessed correctly and they wish to have it re-marked against the assessment schedule.
  11. Applications for reconsideration of external assessment material must be made on-line from the Candidate's Learner Login and the Candidate must pay the reconsideration fee set out in the Fee Schedule.

    Fee waiver for reconsiderations

  12. For a Candidate to be eligible for a waiver of the reconsideration fee, the fee payer must meet at least one of the following criteria:
    1. be receiving a Work and Income or Study Link benefit (benefit-based applications); or
    2. have a joint family income that would entitle the applicant to receive a Community Services Card from Work and Income (income-based applications).
  13. Fee waivers for reconsiderations are not available to international fee-paying students or students resident in the Cook Islands or Niue.
  14. The application for the fee waiver is done as part of the process of applying for a reconsideration.
  15. NZQA will fix and publish the closing date for reconsideration applications in 2022 which will be not less than seven days after external assessment materials are returned following results having been released.
  16. In exceptional circumstances NZQA may accept late applications.
  17. The reconsideration will include reassessment of the Candidate's work using the original assessment schedule(s), the checking of all processes, and checking that all responses have been marked and that the scores have been correctly transferred.
  18. Candidates whose grade is improved will be sent a refund of the reconsideration fee.
  19. If the student's external assessment material goes missing during the reconsideration process, the existing reported grade will stand.
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