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Changes to NCEA History Examinations 2021
A2021/9 - 24 Mar 2021


Principal’s Nominee
Head of History
All History teachers 

Changes to NCEA History Examinations 2021

The following changes have been made to the assessment specifications for Level 1, 2 and 3 History. These are in response to feedback from examiners, markers, and teachers that the three examinations in their current form are unable to be completed within the set three-hour period.

  • After discussion with assessment experts and examiners for standards 91005, 91233, 91234, 91438 and 91439, candidates will be required to respond to a question that may not cover every aspect of the standard. This will encourage candidates to provide in-depth and comprehensive responses that are concise and relevant to the question and provide sufficient evidence for a valid judgement to be made against the standard.

  • Candidates will NO LONGER be required to respond to a quote or statement in the question for 91438.

  • The assessment specifications for 91003, 91231 and 91436 now include a broad context for all papers that require candidates to respond to source material.

The assessment specifications for Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 have been updated to reflect these changes and include the broad context.


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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