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NCEA Level 1 Mathematics and Statistics 91027 Common Assessment Task in 2016
A2016/013 - 23 May 2016


Principal's Nominee
Head of Mathematics Department
All Mathematics Teachers
Data Manager

NCEA Level 1 Mathematics and Statistics 91027 Common Assessment Task in 2016

This circular provides information about:

  • nomination of day(s) schools will assess the Mathematics Common Assessment Task (MCAT)
  • provision of assessment booklets by NZQA
  • MCAT Administrative Guidelines for Schools.

Note that there is no computer-based “eMCAT” in 2016.

Nomination of Schools’ MCAT day

Schools are asked to nominate the day(s) on which they will assess the MCAT on Tuesday 13 and/or Thursday 15 September 2016.

Candidates will have one 60 minute examination session to complete the assessment. Schools may choose to hold the assessment on a single day, or hold sessions on both days. For example, in a large school it may be impractical to assess all students on a single day.

NZQA requires all schools to:

  • nominate the day(s) on which they will hold the MCAT
  • specify the number of assessment booklets, including any Te Reo Māori booklets, required on each day by completing and emailing the Nomination of MCAT Assessment Day form to no later than Friday 29 July 2016.
  • The total number of booklets requested by the school should match candidate entries in the 1 August 2016 data file submission to NZQA.

Delivery of assessment booklets and advice to office staff

Printed examination booklets will be sent to schools by Wednesday 7 September 2016. These will arrive in boxes addressed to the Principal’s Nominee (PN) and be marked “Private and Confidential”. PNs should advise office staff to expect the arrival of the booklets to ensure that they are stored securely. Electronic versions of the assessment papers will also be published online on the schools’ secure website, from Monday 12 September 2016.

Schools are reminded that:

  • if they fail to inform NZQA of their nominated MCAT day, or change their MCAT day, they will not receive printed assessment papers, and must download the paper for the relevant day(s) from the secure website, and print their own copies
  • if they have late entries, they may download and print extra copies of the assessment papers
  • they may not use any assessment paper other than on its intended day, including as revision materials or practice assessments
  • they may only hold the MCAT on 13 and/or 15 September
  • they may not hold the MCAT on 14 September
  • they must provide students with only one opportunity to sit the MCAT
  • failure to meet these requirements will invalidate student results.

MCAT/Administrative Guidelines for Schools

  • MCAT Administrative Guidelines for Schools are now available on the NZQA Mathematics and Statistics resource page. Schools need to be familiar with the requirements in these guidelines to ensure the integrity of the assessment.


Please refer any enquiries relating to:

Lyall Prestidge
National Assessment Facilitator
Secondary Examinations
Phone: 04 463 4392

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