New Zealand Scholarship Classical Studies

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2018 Assessment Report

Classical Studies assessment specification

Scholarship Performance Standard (93404) Classical Studies
Mode of Assessment Written Examination
For Year 2019

Format of the assessment

The examination will have two sections. Candidates will answer two questions from the first section and one question from the second section.

In the first section, candidates must select two contexts from this list:

  • Alexander the Great
  • Augustus
  • Socrates
  • Homer's Iliad
  • Virgil's Aeneid
  • Aristophanic comedy
  • Athenian vase painting
  • Roman art and architecture.

For each context, there will be two questions, from which candidates will choose one. Candidates are expected to answer in essay format.

In the second section, candidates must select one concept from this list:

  • culture and identity, with specific focus on death and the afterlife
  • empire and power, with specific focus on conquest.

Candidates must answer one question from this section, with reference to either ancient Greece or ancient Rome. Candidates will be required to analyse and interpret unfamiliar sources of evidence (extracts and images provided in a separate resource booklet) in relation to their selected concept. 

Candidates are expected to answer in paragraph or essay format.

A separate answer booklet will be provided.

2019 Examination timetable

Classical Studies resources

The links listed below are for resources to help teachers and students understand what is required for success in New Zealand Scholarship.

Performance standards

Exam materials (question books, resource books, reports, schedules, etc)

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