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2021 Assessment Specifications for New Zealand Scholarship and NCEA External Assessment
A2021/2 - 8 Jan 2021


Principal’s Nominee
All teachers


Now online: 2021 Assessment Specifications for New Zealand Scholarship and NCEA External Assessment

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

Changes in specifications for 2021

Assessment specifications for assessment in 2021 have been revised for the ticked subjects and levels. 


What the specifications provide

The assessment specifications for subjects externally assessed by examinations include:

  • format of the paper
  • equipment candidates can bring and use
  • context for questions, where appropriate.
  • submitted portfolio include:
  • format of the assessment
  • portfolio/report specifications, including the type and volume of materials that may be submitted as evidence.

Portfolio submission instructions and authenticity requirements will be provided at the end of Term 2.

How to access 2021 Assessment Specifications

Use the NCEA subject resources pages to access the specifications for NCEA assessment, and the Scholarship subject pages for New Zealand Scholarship.

NCEA subject resources

Scholarship subject resources

Assessment specifications for previous years are available on request to NZQA. They are removed from the NZQA website to avoid any confusion.

Refer to the following Circulars for further information on the external assessment of:


Lea Faka-Tonga


Cook Islands Māori

Media Studies


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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