Unexpected event grades (previously emergency grades)

An unexpected event describes events that impact on multiple students attendance or completion of an examination. NZQA’s Chief Executive (or their delegate) must approve the circumstances for an unexpected event grade. The evidence of the event and assessment of the impact is supplied by the school.

Evidence of disruption can come from a range of sources (eg Examination Centre Manager, digital examination logs, Ministry of Education, Local Council, Civil Defence).

The school will contact NZQA to request that an unexpected event grade situation be declared. Once it has been declared the school can apply for unexpected event grades on behalf of candidate affected. Unlike a derived grade, there is no application form for an individual student to complete.

Unexpected event grades are available for NCEA examinations only. They are not available for New Zealand Scholarship examinations.

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