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Japanese assessment specification

Scholarship Performance Standard (93002) Japanese
Mode of assessment Written examination
For year 2020

Resources or information supplied:

  • a question-and-answer booklet for each candidate
  • an audio file of the Listening passage(s) 
  • a laminated 'Speaking Task' card.

The school will provide a device and software on which to play the Listening passage(s), and to record the candidates’ spoken responses.

Format of the assessment

The exam consists of TWO parts, held in a three-hour time slot:

  • first, a two-hour Writing section with two questions in response to spoken and written stimulus material in Japanese
  • second, a short individual Speaking section, scheduled within a one-hour time slot, with one question in Japanese and English.

Section One: Writing (two hours)


This question will require a response written in Japanese, to passage(s) spoken in Japanese, and provided as an audio file. 

The Listening passages(s) will:

  • require approximately 30 minutes listening time
  • be repeated 3 times: the first time as a whole, the second and third times in sections, with a pause after each section
  • consist of no more than 3 passages
  • be linked around a common theme.


This question will require a response written in English or te reo Māori, to stimulus material written in Japanese, provided in the question-and-answer booklet.

The written stimulus material will:

  • consist of no more than 3 texts
  • be linked around a common theme.

Section Two: Speaking (individual sessions within a one-hour time slot)


Candidates will be required to give a spoken response of 3–4 minutes to a question related to the listening passage(s) and/or the written text(s). The question will be in Japanese and English, and the response will be in Japanese.

In the recording room, candidates will be given:

  • a straightforward question 
  • paper and pen 
  • 10 minutes to make notes for an oral response to the question.

At the end of 10 minutes, candidates will speak for 3–4 minutes, in Japanese, in response to the question. Candidates may use their notes as they speak.

Information for candidates (PDF, 28KB)

Japanese 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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