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Digital Assessment: NCEA Online

NZQA is changing how students can do their NCEA exams – from hand-written papers, to online, using a PC or laptop.  Visit Digital Assessment: NCEA Online to find out more about what's happening, why it's important, and how schools are being involved schools.


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.

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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.

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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.

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For teachers

This section provides NCEA publications (including news and updates) and Secondary school 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.

Visit Enrolment-based measure of NCEA attainment to find out about changes NZQA and the Ministry of Education have made to the way NCEA and University Entrance attainment is measured. 

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:

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 Senior Secondary Guidelines site on TKI

Resources for internally assessed standards

  • Moderator newsletters – stay up to date with the latest developments Annotated exemplars of student work 
  • Clarifications – expanded outlines of expectations to meet the standards 
  • NCEA on TKI resources and Conditions of assessment – links to the relevant site information 

For some subjects this section may also contain: 

  • National moderator reports Moderation checklists 
  • Older resources still in use and made available on NCEA on TKI

Resources for externally assessed standards

  • Assessment specifications – an outline for each of the standards
  • Assessment schedules and judgment statements
  • Samples for new standards – exam papers and exemplars
  • Scholarship – a link to the Scholarship examination information
  • Past Exam papers – papers from previous years (often with exemplar answers)
  • Assessment reports
  • Exam documents for expired standards – for reference only

For some subjects this section may also contain:

  • Guidelines for assessment of standards
  • Submission administration information
  • End-of-year assessment instructions

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

NCEA requirements

This section provides information about NCEA 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 and the literacy requirements for University Entrance.

Unit standards assessment resources

This section contains links to unit standards and related resources including: 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 New Zealand 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.

Assessment matters

The Assessment matters section has links to circulars with information about all assessment, operational and logistical matters in relation to secondary qualifications.