Assessment Specifications

Level 3 Samoan 2023

General information



Method of assessment

Written examination


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Information relating to both achievement standards

The examination will require responses written in English, te reo Māori, and / or Samoan to a variety of extended written and spoken Samoan texts.

Instructions will be in English, and questions will be in Samoan and English.

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

  • societal issues
  • community and relationships
  • education and employment
  • historical events
  • protocol and ceremonies
  • Samoan concepts.

As they develop fluency and accuracy, learners can benefit from reading texts where macrons and glottal stops are consistently used. Level 3 Samoan will use macrons and glottal stops as appropriate for learners of Gagana Sāmoa.

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 Samoan 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. Candidates may make notes in the listening notes spaces provided.

Listening will commence in the second hour of the examination. Candidates will be advised 5 minutes before the hour that the listening will commence. 

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




Demonstrate understanding of a variety of extended written and/or visual Samoan texts



Number of credits


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

Samoan subject page

Examination timetable

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