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Authenticity requirements for non-examination external assessment
A2017/18 - 4 Aug 2017


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All teachers of NCEA and New Zealand (NZ) Scholarship Music, Design and Visual Communication, Technology, Dance, Drama, Visual Arts, Education for Sustainability and Physical Education

Authenticity requirements for non-examination external assessment

NZQA expects that schools will have a process for verifying the authenticity of externally assessed submissions for non-examination subjects. This process must allow teachers to be confident that each candidate has had an opportunity to produce a submission that meets the authenticity requirements for assessment.

Authentic evidence for assessment must be the candidate’s own work and no outside influences should distort the assessment.

For authenticity purposes, teachers need to confirm that:

  1. they sighted the work submitted by the candidate during its development
  2. candidate submissions were developed from learning derived from the New Zealand Curriculum
  3. candidates were instructed that text, music scores or imagery, (for example, digital photographs, elements of a website, screen shots or billboards) reproduced from external sources must be referenced.

Authenticity declaration

In 2017, candidates must sign the authenticity declaration when submitting work for assessment in:

NZ Scholarship:

  • Music
  • Design and Visual Communication
  • Technology
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Visual Arts
  • Physical Education 


  • Levels 1, 2 and 3 Technology (including Design and Visual Communication)
  • Level 3 Education for Sustainability
  • Level 3 Visual Arts

Information about the authenticity declaration for each subject is available in the subject submission instructions on the relevant subject page, from mid-July.

Teachers are not required to sign an authenticity form. Where a teacher cannot confirm the authenticity of material presented for assessment, however, they must complete the relevant Possible Authenticity Breach Non-Examination Subject form: Electronic form (DOCX, 50KB), Handwritten form (DOC, 76KB).

The candidate must be informed that NZQA will be notified of a possible authenticity breach. Once the candidate has been notified, the teacher must email the form to or post it to:

Level 15
PO Box 160
Wellington 6140

On receipt of the form, NZQA will investigate.

Note:Candidates may submit work for external assessment even if the teacher cannot verify that work as authentic.


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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