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Technology assessment specification

Scholarship Performance Standard (93601) Technology
Mode of assessment Submitted report
For year 2020
Submission to NZQA Thursday 12 November 2020

Format of the assessment

The Technology Scholarship Performance Standard requires students to present a reflective report based on their experiences in developing a technological outcome(s).

A report is an organised collection of evidence.

A candidate’s submission including the report should not exceed the equivalent of 60 single sided A4 pages. Paper weight must not exceed 80 GSM.

Submission instructions and authenticity requirements will be provided for schools from Friday 24 July 2020.

Material can be presented digitally on DVD or CD, or online through a process advised by NZQA. Where information is presented digitally, the total submission must not exceed the equivalent of 60 single-sided printed A4 pages.

Font size must be set at the rough equivalent of Arial 12. Margins must be set at the rough equivalent of 2.5 cm all around (top and bottom, left and right).

Graphic, audio, video, and/or digital media may be included and may be used to enhance or illustrate aspects of the candidate’s experiences shown in the report. Audio, visual, or digital presentations that are presented as appendices to the report should not repeat material already presented in the report. Repeated material may be seen as evidence of flaws in communication.

There must be clear and easily accessible evidence of the candidate’s outcome. A range of clear photos and/or a brief video are highly important to communicate the development of the technological outcome. Where ICT outcomes include websites, databases, apps, games etc, these will not be accessed by the marker; therefore, dynamic aspects of the outcome that the candidate wishes to communicate should be presented using screen capture techniques and/or converted to video evidence for the marker to review. 

Material that obviously exceeds specifications will not be marked.

In the report, a candidate is required to communicate convincingly to demonstrate that they can critically analyse, synthesise, and integrate their technological experiences.

Where candidates have been involved in group projects, the candidate must explicitly declare their individual role within the project, and report on their own work only.  Where this is not clear, the examiner may not see the evidence as belonging to the candidate.

Technological experiences include:

  • undertaking technological practice to develop a technological outcome(s) that is justified as fit for purpose in the broadest sense and shows elements of elegance and/or originality
  • demonstrating understandings of concepts underpinning technological knowledge
  • demonstrating understandings of the nature of technology.

Technology 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

Assessment materials

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