Unexpected event grades (previously emergency grades)

An unexpected event describes events that impact on multiply 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 applies for an unexpected event grade on behalf of candidate. Unlike a derived grade, there is no application form for an individual student to complete.

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