System Updates: Monday 18 March 2019 Published at 4.46pm on 18 March

We are undertaking some important system updates between 5pm and midnight on Monday 18 March.

Access to secure sections of the website will be unavailable during this time, including the learner and provider login.

We have scheduled this outage at this time to minimise the impact to our clients. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Assessment Matters


2017 Assessment Specifications for NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship External Assessment
A2017/05 - 21 Mar 2017


Principal’s Nominee
All teachers

2017 Assessment Specifications for NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship External Assessment

Assessment specifications provide the assessment parameters for each externally assessed achievement standard. They should be read alongside the applicable standards.

For examinations the specifications cover information such as the:

  • format of the paper

  • equipment students can bring and use, and

  • context for questions, where appropriate.

For portfolio subjects they cover the:

  • format of the assessment

  • portfolio submission date

  • portfolio specifications including the type and volume of materials that may be submitted as evidence, and

  • requirements for authenticity.

2017 Assessment Specifications

These were published in December 2016. For NCEA standards they are available from the NCEA subject resources pages and for New Zealand Scholarship they are available on the Scholarship subject pages on the NZQA website.

The following assessment specifications have been updated in March 2017:


Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

New Zealand Scholarship






Art History











90011, 90998

91215, 91219

91514, 91518


Earth and Space Science










Mathematics and Statistics





(Updated March 2017) is highlighted beside the year on the front page of the assessment specifications, and the change is highlighted.

Teachers should not need to alter their teaching programmes as a result of this update.


Please refer any enquiries relating to this circular to your School Relationship Manager.

School Relationship Manager
School Quality Assurance and Liaison
Telephone: 04 463 3000


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