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September 2018

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Evidence requirements for standards

NZQA encourages innovative ways of collecting student evidence that may be used for assessment purposes. This could include evidence that contributes to multiple standards (integrated assessment), or different modes of collecting evidence such as blogs, video clips, etc. 

Teachers are reminded that students submitting evidence beyond the requirements of a standard may impact on student workload. Additionally, a succinct response addressing standard criteria is preferable to a large volume of student evidence that may not necessarily deliver evidence of all the criteria of the standard(s) in question. 

For more information on gathering evidence, please refer to the Gathering evidence of achievement.

EAP standards and NZCEL

The Level 3 and Level 4 English for Academic Purposes unit standards are part of the New Zealand Certificate of English Language (NZCEL) and are covered by the same conditions of assessment. The NZCEL guiding document is useful to all assessors of EAP standards.

Dictionary use for writing standards

The four writing standards 22750, 22751, 30507 and 30508 are part of the NZCEL, and so the same general conditions of assessment apply. These may be in the Guidance to support assessment section (page 4) of the NZCEL guiding document.

The NZCEL states that monolingual or bilingual dictionaries may be used. It is recommended that electronic devices are not used for summative assessment purposes, except for word processing. Assessors need to ensure that usage of devices does not compromise authenticity and independent demonstration of competence. It is important that dictionaries used by learners are at an appropriate level.

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