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The NCEA page on the NZQA website shows a number of ways to link to the information you need to understand NCEA. Main links are in the left hand menu, underneath the NCEA title. Through these headings and sub headings you can navigate to all information on NCEA.

To help you find what you’re looking for more easily, important links can be found directly underneath the images titled "NCEA", "Subjects", and "For teachers" near the top of the page.


This section provides information including how NCEA works, NCEA: the facts, the credit requirements for NCEA levels and certificates, and the examinations timetable for the current year.


This section provides links to information on each NCEA subject. Subject resources has information about the main resources to support the teaching and learning of NCEA level 1, level 2, and level 3 achievement standards – read more. The Literacy and numeracy section provides information about NCEA requirements – read more. The Results section and its following sub-sections for students and teachers outline how students can access their results and Records of Achievement, and apply for reviews and reconsiderations.

For teachers

This section provides NCEA updates and NCEA statistics – annual reports on NCEA and Scholarship results for previous years. It also provides a link to a section responding to some myths about NCEA, for example, the number of credits required per subject, further assessment opportunities, and resubmissions.

NCEA Subject resources

This section contains the subject links necessary for teachers. From the Subject resources page, select your subject. Each subject page contains:

  • all the information you will need for externally assessed subjects
  • some information for internally assessed standards and links to NCEA on TKI, where you can find more information.

On each subject page you can find the following:

Curriculum & Standards documents

Standards – Achievement and unit standards available Matrices – links to the relevant subject matrices at NCEA on TKI
Teaching and learning guide on TKI  

 Resources for internally assessed standards

Moderator newsletters – stay up to date with the latest developments Clarifications – expanded outlines of expectations to meet the standards
Annotated exemplars of student work NCEA on TKI resources and Conditions of assessment – links to the relevant pages on TKI
For some subjects this section may also contain:
National moderator reports Older TKI Resources
Moderation checklists  

Resources for externally assessed standards

Assessment specifications – an outline for each of the standards Past Exam papers – papers from previous years (often with exemplar answers)
Assessment schedules and judgment statements Assessment reports
Samples for new standards – exam papers and exemplars Exam documents for expired standards – for reference only
Scholarship – a link to the Scholarship examination information  
For some subjects this section may also contain:
Guidelines for assessment of standards End-of-year assessment instructions
Submission administration information  

 Other resources

This section contains various other resources relevant to the particular subject.

Note:  The document types available under each subject area are more fully described near the bottom of the Subject Resources landing page.

Literacy and numeracy

This section of the site outlines the special requirements for Literacy and Numeracy.  From the Literacy and numeracy page you can access the following information:

NCEA literacy and numeracy requirements

In this section are links to the Literacy and Numeracy requirements for attaining NCEA through achievement standards,Unit standards, and English for academic purposes standards.

University Entrance requirements

This section outlines the requirements for gaining University Entrance in New Zealand. Linked from this page are the lists of approved subjects for University Entrance.

Also detailed are the literacy requirements for University Entrance.

Unit standards assessment resources

This section contains links to standards, guidelines, clarifications, exemplars , moderation, and other resources for literacy and numeracy in relation to unit standards.

English for academic purposes: Resources

This section contains resources, such as standards, clarifications, and exemplars, related to English for academic purposes.


Information about NZ Scholarship can be found in the Awards section of NZQA website.

The Scholarship subjects page has links to subject specific resources including assessment specifications and resources.

Another area that may be useful on the NZQA site is the Assessment matters page. The listed circulars outline all assessment, operational, and logistical matters in relation to secondary qualifications.  (The publication was formerly known as SecQual and Archived SecQual material can still be accessed.)