Assessment Report

New Zealand Scholarship
Samoan 2020

Standard 93010


Part A: Commentary

Candidates who performed at Scholarship level decoded the content of the texts and, to varying degrees, integrated their own thinking and experiences into their response. In Question 3, candidates often drew on the resource material provided for Questions 1 and 2; however stronger candidates differentiated themselves by their ability to integrate personal understandings into their speech.

Candidates who performed at Outstanding level thoroughly and efficiently decoded the content and nuances of the resource material. They constructed their ideas with precision and clarity, supported by clear reasoning, relevant examples and appraisal. In question 3, they demonstrated the ability to verbalise their ideas using correct intonation. They made relevant and thoughtful connections with the material in questions 1 and 2, but were also able to infuse their ideas with independent, extrapolated thought.


Part B: Report on performance standard

Candidates who were awarded Scholarship with Outstanding Performance, commonly:

  • demonstrated aspects of high-level analysis, critical thinking and reasoning
  • interpreted the stimulus material intelligently, logically, and coherently
  • developed and integrated sophisticated personal opinions, beliefs, viewpoints, or ideas that were perceptive, observant, intuitive, and insightful
  • interpreted and evaluated the stimulus material, creating constructive links with their own thoughts that went beyond the given material
  • demonstrated independent, unbiased reflections and hypotheses
  • expressed ideas with precision and clarity in a convincing way
  • spoke clearly and concisely with correct intonation; accent had no effect on communication; self-corrected as required.

Candidates who were awarded Scholarship, commonly:

  • demonstrated aspects of high-level analysis and critical thinking
  • elaborated and incorporated subjective views, standpoints, perspectives, or concepts
  • interpreted the stimulus material, creating constructive links with their own thoughts that progressed beyond the given material
  • constructed ideas precisely and clearly, within a synthesised response to the question or statement
  • supported arguments with examples that were evaluated
  • utilised language suitably, such as idiomatic expressions, fillers, pauses, and nuances built-in, relevant to the social context
  • expressed ideas with precision and clarity

Other candidates

Candidates who were not awarded Scholarship, commonly:

  • expressed some personal opinions, viewpoints or ideas
  • demonstrated some independent thinking
  • presented a descriptive rather than an analytical response
  • offered arguments that were unclear and / or were not supported by effective examples
  • produced material in the Samoan language that was at times unclear, ambiguous, or misleading
  • communicated with limited confidence in a manner that was hesitant and failed to self-correct mistakes
  • spoke with incorrect intonation and / or an accent that affected communication.


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Previous years' reports

2019 (PDF, 176KB), 2018 (PDF, 92KB)2017 (PDF, 40KB)2016 (PDF, 184KB)

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