New Zealand Scholarship History

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Scholarship Performance Standard (93403) History
Mode of assessment Written examination
For year 2020

Format of the assessment

Candidates will be provided with a question booklet containing the essay question, and a separate answer booklet, containing two planning pages and lined pages for answers.

Candidates will also be provided with a resource booklet containing a variety of historical sources, primary and secondary.

Candidates will be expected to evaluate evidence from a range of sources provided in the resource booklet, as well as use their own knowledge, to respond to the essay question with a clear and substantiated argument within an effective written format, including an introduction, conclusion, and structured paragraphs. 

Candidates must demonstrate their ability to:

  • use highly developed knowledge to analyse and think critically about key historical ideas, and to develop an argument that demonstrates an understanding of a complex historical context(s) and setting(s)
  • synthesise a highly developed understanding of the context, with ideas drawn from both the resource booklet provided and their own knowledge of complex historical contexts
  • evaluate historical relationships such as cause and effect, continuity and change, past and present, specific and general, patterns and trends, and differing perspectives
  • judge the reliability and usefulness of historical evidence, and evaluate the strengths and limitations of historians’ narratives.

Content/context details

The context of the sources and question provided will vary each year.

The context for the 2020 examination will be “History is a narrative of remembering and forgetting”.

History resources

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

Performance standard

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

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