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Guide to Providing SAC for Digital External Assessments

NZQA approves student use of SAC entitlements for assessment, including digital.

This guide is to help you manage SAC entitlements for students entered in Digital External Assessments.

Digital Technology Common Assessment Tasks 

Administration Instructions (PDF, 240KB)

Digital Exams

Approved Entitlement

Managing this entitlement in a digital exam

Computer

All Digital External Exams use a computer, so no additional resourcing for SAC is needed. However, if SAC students opt out of all or part of the digital examination they then revert to their “ordinary” SAC computer use entitlement. Therefore, we recommend that computers used by these students should be managed in the same way as if they were not sitting the Digital External Exam, i.e. with access to a printer, supervision etc.

Small Group Separate Accommodation

If this has been approved because the student has been also approved for computer use, then the student should be managed like all other students doing a Digital External Exam. There is no need for them to be roomed in a separate small group.

If this has been approved for a reason other than computer use alone, then you must decide whether you can manage this entitlement in a Digital External Exam room or the students still need separate rooming (e.g. availability of room, supervisor, etc.).

Isolated Separate Accommodation

You must decide whether you can manage isolated separate accommodation for a Digital External Exam (e.g. availability of room, supervisor, etc.).

Writer

A Writer can type for a student under the same conditions as for a paper-based exam. This decision is made by the writer, not the student. However, you must decide whether you have the resources to manage a writer/typist for a Digital External Exam (e.g. availability of a typist, room, supervision, etc.).

Reader

There is currently no text to voice capability in the Digital External Exams so in most cases we recommend students sit the paper-based exam. While a Reader can be used for the digital exam, we do not recommend this unless it has been trialled, so both the student and the Reader are confident. You must decide whether you have the resources to manage a Reader for a Digital External Exam (e.g. availability of room, supervisor, etc.).

Extra Time

Extra time is managed as for paper-based exams.

Rest Breaks

Rest Breaks are managed as for paper-based exams.

Special Papers

Changing the font size makes students response larger or smaller, while the zoom function changes the question size.  The background screen colour cannot be changed.

Complex Issues

If a student has complex issues requiring specialised support, please contact the NZQA SAC team at sac@nzqa.govt.nz to manage digital exams.

Note: A digital supervisor can monitor from a central location, up to ten students who are separately accommodated with an exam assistant or those who need to be isolated.

If you cannot manage a Digital External Exam for the approved entitlement, then the student will need to complete the paper-based version of the exam.

If you have any queries please contact your School Relationship Manager.

 

 

 
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