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.

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Assessment Matters


2018 Assessment Specifications for NCEA and Scholarship External Assessment
A2017/33 - 08 Dec 2017


Principal’s Nominee
All teachers

Now online: 2018 Assessment Specifications for NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship External Assessment

8 December 2017

Assessment specifications provide the assessment parameters for each externally assessed standard.

They are updated annually. They are now available. See below.

They should be read alongside the applicable Achievement Standards.

For examinations, they cover information such as the:

  • format of the paper
  • equipment candidates can bring and use
  • 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
  • requirements for authenticity.

2018 Assessment Specifications

These are now available. For NCEA, see the NCEA subject resources pages and for New Zealand Scholarship, see the Scholarship subject pages.

Assessment specifications for previous years will not be available on the NZQA website to avoid any confusion, but they will be available on request to NZQA.

Revision of Achievement Standards

In 2017 the Ministry of Education revised some of the Levels 1 to 3 Achievement Standards.

The Achievement Standards that are affected will be published on the NZQA website on 12 December 2017.


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
Fax: 04 463 3115

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