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2020 Assessment Specifications for New Zealand Scholarship and NCEA External Assessment
A2019/20 - 4 Dec 2019

To:

Principal/Tumuaki
Principal's Nominee
All teachers

Now online: 2020 Assessment Specifications for New Zealand Scholarship and NCEA External Assessment

The assessment specifications for all subjects have been revised for 2020.

All teachers should familiarise themselves with the updated specifications for their subjects.

For NCEA, see the NCEA Assessment Specifications page

For New Zealand Scholarship, see the Scholarship subject page

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.

What are Assessment Specifications?

Assessment specifications provide the annual assessment parameters for each externally assessed achievement standard. They must be read alongside the applicable Achievement Standards.

For examinations, assessment specifications cover information such as the:

  • format of the paper;
  • equipment candidates can bring and use; and
  • context for questions, where appropriate.

For submitted subjects, they cover the:

  • format of the assessment;
  • portfolio/report submission date;
  • portfolio/report specifications, including the type and volume of materials that may be submitted as evidence.

Circulars for further information are available for:

Enquiries

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
Email: firstname.lastname@nzqa.govt.nz

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