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2023 Assessment Specifications for New Zealand Scholarship and NCEA External Assessment
A2022/20 - 22 Nov 2022


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Now online: 2023 Assessment Specifications for New Zealand Scholarship and NCEA External Assessment

Assessment specifications for current NCEA achievement standards and New Zealand Scholarship performance standards provide the annual assessment parameters for each externally assessed achievement standard. They must be read together with the relevant achievement standards. The 2023 assessment specifications are available from 05 December 2022.

 Assessment Specifications for Review of Achievement Standards (RAS)

Achievement standards that are currently being trialled and piloted as part of the NCEA Change Package will be reviewed post 2022 end of year examination. Related assessment specifications will be impacted as a result. Updated assessment specifications for 2023 will be published by 31 March 2023. These can be accessed via subject pages at this link: NCEA | NCEA (

What the specifications provide

 The assessment specifications:

  • for subjects externally assessed by examinations include the:
    • format of the paper
    • equipment candidates can bring and use
    • context for questions, where appropriate
  • for submitted portfolios include the:
    • 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 2023 Assessment Specifications

Use the NCEA subject resources pages to access the specifications for NCEA assessment, and the Scholarship subject resources pages for New Zealand Scholarship, from 05 December 2022.

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

Refer to Accounting Circular for further information on the external assessment.


Please refer any enquiries relating to this circular to:

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

Circulars are available from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority website (

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