Physics - annotated exemplars

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An annotated exemplar is an extract of student evidence, with a commentary, to explain key aspects of the standard. It assists teachers to make assessment judgements at the grade boundaries.

The material in these exemplars cannot be used (either in part or in full) for internal or external assessments submitted for any form of grading.

Level 1

  • AS90935 - Carry out a practical physics investigation that leads to a linear mathematical relationship, with direction (1.1)
  • AS90936 - Demonstrate understanding of the physics of an application (1.2)

Level 2

  • AS91168 - Carry out a practical physics investigation that leads to a non-linear mathematical relationship (2.1)
  • AS91169 - Demonstrate understanding of physics relevant to a selected context (2.2)
  • AS91172 - Demonstrate understanding of atomic and nuclear physics (2.5)

Level 3

  • AS91521 - Carry out a practical investigation to test a physics theory relating two variables in a non-linear relationship (3.1)
  • AS91522 - Demonstrate understanding of the application of physics to a selected context (3.2)
  • AS91525 - Demonstrate understanding of modern physics (3.5)
  • AS91527 - Use physics knowledge to develop an informed response to a socio-scientific issue (3.7)

Assessor Support

Various free resources to support assessors are available on the NZQA Learning Management System, Pūtake, including subject specific bite-sized modules and a full range of online Best Practice Workshops.

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Available resources for Physics:

  • Making Assessor Judgements (91521, 91522)

Assessment General:

  • Short course: Assessment – Reviewing your Practice
  • Short course: Culturally Responsive Assessment
  • Short course: Tāku Reo, Tāku Mahi – My Voice, My Work (Authenticity)
  • Bite-sized module: Why Less is More
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