National secondary examinations timetable

Common Assessment Tasks (CATs) | Submission dates for portfolios and reports


ALL NCEA (levels 1–3) and New Zealand Scholarship examination sessions are three hours.

All exam sessions start at either 9.30 am or 2.00 pm.

Examination timetable 2023

Download the 2023 examination timetable as a PDF (published 16 December 2022)

** Assessment also offered digitally


Common Assessment Tasks (CATs)

Date NCEA Level 1 NCEA Level 2 NCEA Level 3
Tue 12 Sept Mathematics (MCAT)    
Thu 14 Sept Mathematics (MCAT)    
To be confirmed Digital Technology Digital Technology Digital Technology
  • Guidelines for administration for the CATs will be published on the Subject pages and communicated by circular.
  • Schools must indicate which day they intend to offer the Mathematics and Digital Technology CATs.


Submission dates for portfolios and reports

Date NCEA Level 1 NCEA Level 2 NCEA Level 3 Scholarship
Wed 25 Oct  Visual Arts      
Wed 1 Nov Design and Visual Communication /
Design and Visual Communication /
Technology/Visual Arts
Design and Visual Communication /
Education for Sustainability / Technology
Dance /
Design and Visual Communication /
Music /
Health and Physical Education /
Thu 9 Nov     Visual Arts Visual Arts

Note: These are the deadlines for schools to submit materials to NZQA. Students should confirm dates for submission within their schools.

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