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NCEA Level 1 Mathematics and Statistics 91027 Common Assessment Task in 2020
A2020/13 - 24 Jun 2020


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Head of Mathematics Department
All Mathematics teachers
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NCEA Level 1 Mathematics and Statistics 91027 Common Assessment Task in 2020

This circular provides information on:

  • when schools must hold the Mathematics Common Assessment Task (MCAT)
  • the change in the process for nominating the day schools will assess the MCAT
  • provision of assessment booklets by NZQA
  • MCAT Administrative Guidelines for Schools.

MCAT assessment session

Schools can only hold the assessment on a single nominated day either Tuesday 15 September 2020 or Thursday 17 September 2020.

What schools need to do:

  • nominate the day you will hold the MCAT using the new Common Assessment Tasks (CATs) Date Nominations section through the Key Indicators in your NZQA Schools’ Provider Login (secure website). This process is new for 2020.
  • complete the nomination before Saturday 1 August 2020.
  • submit a datafile with your MCAT entries by 1 August. We will supply the number of booklets you have requested based on this data file.
  • request booklets in Te Reo Māori by setting the translated flag on the candidate’s entry in your data file and submit it to us by 1 August.

Delivery of assessment booklets and security

Printed assessment booklets will be sent to schools by 9 September 2020. These will arrive in boxes addressed to the Principal’s Nominee and be marked “Private and Confidential”. Principal’s Nominees should advise office staff to expect the arrival of the booklets and ensure that they are stored securely.

Accessing a printable electronic version of the assessment booklet

Schools can print additional copies of the assessment booklet, if required. A password protected file will be available online through the NZQA Schools’ Provider Login the day before your nominated assessment day. Contact the Business Liaison Officer, Secondary Examinations on 0800 697 296 for the password. Access will only be provided for your nominated assessment day.

Ensure all your students sit the assessment on the same day. Password requests to access the assessment of an alternative day will only be provided under exceptional circumstances and schools will need to complete an Alternative assessment day request form (available from the Mathematics and Statistics subject resources page).

Schools are reminded that:

  • if you have late entries, you should download and print extra copies of the assessment booklet
  • you cannot use any assessment booklet other than on its intended day, including as revision materials or practice assessments
  • you may hold the MCAT on one day only, either 15 or 17 September
  • you must provide students with only one opportunity to sit the MCAT
  • if you do not inform NZQA of your nominated MCAT assessment day, or decide to change the day after 1 August, you will not receive printed assessment booklets and must download the booklet for the relevant day from the NZQA provider login and print your own copies
  • all students at your school must sit the MCAT on the same day.

MCAT Administrative Guidelines for School

Schools must be familiar with the requirements in these guidelines to ensure the integrity of the assessment. These are available in the Resources for externally assessed standards section of the NZQA Mathematics and Statistics subject resources page.


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
Fax: 04 463 3115

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