Understanding NCEA

New Zealand's National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA) are national qualifications for senior secondary school students. Read more »

Entry into NCEA

The National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) qualifications are organised by NZQA. Students automatically become a candidate for NCEA when their school first sends results for internally assessed standards to NZQA, entries are made for externally assessed standards, or an entry is made for New Zealand Scholarship. Read more »

NCEA exams and portfolios

A number of standards are assessed externally, i.e. not by a school's teachers. These standards are either assessed by external exams or the submission of portfolios. Read more »

NCEA rules and procedures

The Assessment and Examination Rules and Procedures are administrative requirements for secondary schools and for tertiary providers delivering achievement standards for students. There are also Rules and Procedures that relate to home-schooled students. Read more »

NCEA results

Secondary school students will receive results for all internal or external standards that are assessed as part of NCEA. For more information, see Assessment of standards.

During the school year, students receive results for internally assessed work. These results are sent by the school to NZQA throughout the year.

At any stage, students can log in via the Student login and view the results that NZQA holds for them. Read more »

Student Exam Hub

Welcome to the Student Exam Hub, a quick and convenient way to find and access everything you'll need through your NCEA exam journey.  Read more »


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