Assessment Specifications

Level 3 Korean 2021

General information



Method of assessment

Written examination


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Information relating to both achievement standards

Instructions and questions will be in English.

Texts may develop a line of argument relating to concrete and abstract matters of social interest. Topics may include matters beyond candidates’ immediate experience, for example:

  • education and employment
  • media and entertainment
  • travel and tourism
  • historical events.

Each question will provide opportunities for candidates to show evidence for Achievement, Achievement with Merit, and Achievement with Excellence; and each question will be marked holistically to provide a single grade.

For further guidance on language and contexts, see:

The assessment will be available to candidates in paper or digital format. Further information about digital external assessments can be found on the Digital Assessment: NCEA Online page. 

Specific information for individual achievement standards




Demonstrate understanding of a variety of extended spoken Korean texts



Number of credits


Candidates will listen and respond to recordings of 3 spoken texts, which they will hear as a whole and twice in sections, with a pause after each section.

As candidates listen, they may make notes in the listening notes boxes provided. Before each spoken text begins, they will have 30 seconds per question to preview the questions. At the end of each text, they will have a few minutes to review their answers.

The total duration of the recordings will be up to 45 minutes.




Demonstrate understanding of a variety of extended written and / or visual Korean text(s)



Number of credits


Candidates will read and respond to 3 written texts representative of different text types.

Korean subject page

Examination timetable

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