Changes to NCEA and UE for 2022

Following continued disruption from Covid-19 this year, changes have been put in place to help give you a fair opportunity to get your NCEA or University Entrance (UE).

As in 2020 and 2021, these changes include Learning Recognition Credits (LRCs), which are based on the number of credits you achieve during the 2022 school year.

You are entitled to 1 LRC for every 5 credits earned through assessment, up to a maximum of:

NCEA Level Maximum LRCs
1 10
2 8
3 8

Find out more about earning and using Learning Recognition Credits.

To receive a Certificate Endorsement, you will need 46 credits at Merit or Excellence level, instead of the usual 50.

To be awarded University Entrance you will need 14 credits in each of 2 UE Approved Subjects, and 12 credits in a third UE Approved Subject (you also need to attain NCEA Level 3 and meet literacy and numeracy requirements).

The submission dates for some externally assessed portfolios have also been moved back one week. NCEA and NZ Scholarship examinations will go ahead as planned.

Where your learning needs to extend into 2023, NZQA will work with your schools to facilitate you being awarded your qualification earlier in the year.

What else you need to know

LRCs will be calculated based on all the credits you have achieved in the 2022 academic year – including credits you earned in the first two terms, and in your end of year exams.

In the meantime, keep working to make sure that you achieve the standards you need for NCEA. Remember that if you continue to achieve you will be able to gain LRCs that will count towards your NCEA. You don’t need to do anything else. NZQA will do the calculations before you get your results.

If you still need a few credits for NCEA or UE at the end of the year and achieve them next year, you can be awarded your NCEA or UE shortly afterwards, rather than having to wait until the end of 2023.

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