2022 Key Dates for National Secondary Qualifications

Updated as of 10 August 2022

Below is a list of key dates relating to national secondary qualifications.

You are welcome to download the electronic files below:
Key Dates 2022 Wall planner - August update (PDF, 245KB)
Key Dates 2022 - August update (DOCX, 39KB)
Key Dates 2022 - August update (for Outlook) (CSV, 16KB)
How to upload Key Dates into Outlook calendar (PDF, 257KB)

NOVEMBER

NOVEMBER
1

Data file submission due -include Unexpected Event Grades (UEGs) and correct any errors or warnings from previous submissions and send any additional candidate information in this file

2

Submission of candidate work and completed attendance rolls for the following external standards: (collected from schools)

• Dance-NZ Scholarship
• Design and Visual Communications (DVC)-Levels 1, 2, 3 and NZ Scholarship
• Education for Sustainability-Level 3
• Health and Physical Education-NZ Scholarship
• Music-NZ Scholarship
• Technology-Levels 1, 2, 3 and NZ Scholarship
• Visual Arts Level 2 - Verification portfolios collected from schools. Complete entry of ALL provisional results

7

NCEA and NZ SCHOLARSHIP EXAMINATIONS COMMENCE (7 Nov - 2 Dec)

10

Check accuracy of internally assessed entries for 1 December file

Visual Arts Level 3 and NZ Scholarship - Portfolio submission/collection for Level 3 and NZ Scholarship external standards

11

CANTERBURY ANNIVERSARY (no examinations on this day)

Visual Arts Level 1 - start entering final results

14

MCAT Level 1, 91027 - start entering final results

18

Visual Arts-Level 2 - start entering final results

28

CHATHAM ISLANDS ANNIVERSARY

WESTLAND ANNIVERSARY

29

Visual Arts - Levels 1 and 2, last day for entry of all final results

DECEMBER

DECEMBER
1

Final data file submission for 2022 -include all final verified internally assessed results and UEGs. This file is the last opportunity to correct any remaining errors and warnings:

Final date for withdrawals from internally assessed standards

DO NOT WITHDRAW leavers

Final date for withdrawals from internally assessed standards

2

NCEA AND NZ SCHOLARSHIP EXAMINATIONS END

School emergency contact details to NZQA

Final date to submit assessment plan for 2023 moderation

MCAT Level 1, 91027-last day for entry of all final results

Processing of externally assessed results (2 Dec 2022 - 7 Jan 2023)

5

Data file submission links close at midnight (entry and result file processing ends). No further 2022 data files can be uploaded to NZQA after 11.59pm

Web Entries Schools' access closes

Assessment specifications for 2023 external assessment published online

6

Derived grade online applications close at 5pm

12

Provider access to 'Late Internally Assessed Results' for 2022 opens

20

TERM 4 ENDS (no later than)

25

CHRISTMAS DAY

26

BOXING DAY

27

CHRISTMAS DAY (Observed)

2023 JANUARY

2023    JANUARY

1 NEW YEAR’S DAY
2 DAY AFTER NEW YEAR’S DAY
3 NEW YEAR’S DAY (OBSERVED)
23 WELLINGTON ANNIVERSARY

  

30

AUCKLAND ANNIVERSARY

NELSON ANNIVERSARY

Earliest day to start Term 1

FEBRUARY

FEBRUARY
1

Special Assessment Conditions (SAC) - Rollover/Change opens for entitled candidates

2023 Assessment (including Exams) Rules for Schools with Consent to Assess update published on NZQA website

6 WAITANGI DAY
7

Last day to start Term 1

21

 Leading National Assessment Seminars begin (21 February - 10 March)

 Final date for 2022 NCEA External Exam Reviews for Reconsiderations

28

 Provider access to 'Late Internally Assessed Results' closes for 2022

MARCH

MARCH
1

Web Entries Schools’ access opens

9

Final date for 2022 NZ Scholarship Reviews and Reconsiderations

Candidate Information Sheets (for candidates entering externals) sent to schools

10

Update of 2023 External Assessment Specifications online

13

TARANAKI ANNIVERSARY

20

OTAGO ANNIVERSARY

Data file submission opens (schools can upload entry and result data files to NZQA from this date)

23

NZQA advertises for Panel Leaders (marking external exams)

APRIL

APRIL
1

Acceptance of Memorandum of Agreement opens online

First data file submission due (include as many candidate enrolments, courses and entries as possible).

NZQA starts to process entry and result data files

Email schools@nzqa.govt.nz of any new twins or triplets entered for NCEA
6

TERM 1 ENDS

7

GOOD FRIDAY

10

EASTER MONDAY

11 SOUTHLAND ANNIVERSARY
13

SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC). First deadline for first-time applications, rollover and changes

24

TERM 2 BEGINS

25

ANZAC DAY

MAY

MAY
1

Data file submission due - include any additional or updated candidate enrolment and entry information

8

Exam Centre Manager nominations open online

JUNE

JUNE
1

Data file submission due (used to prepare Candidate NSN cards)

2

Digital Technologies & Hangarau Matihiko Common Assessment Tasks (DCAT) and Mathematics Common Assessment Task (MCAT) – schools can start to confirm entries

NZQA advertises for external markers. Online applications open

5 KING'S BIRTHDAY
14

Final date to submit Exam Centre Memorandum of Agreement online

16

Exam Centre Manager nominations close online

22

Candidate NSN cards sent to schools (includes information on accessing entries on the web)

30 TERM 2 ENDS

JULY

JULY
1

Data file submission due - correct any errors or warnings from previous submissions and send any additional candidate information in this file

SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC) – Attach SAC entitlements to external standards from NOW

14  MATARIKI
17  TERM 3 BEGINS
24

TRANSLATED PAPERS – Check all external entries requiring translation or marking in Te Reo Māori are correct for 1 August data file

Check 1 August file contains all external entries (including NZ Scholarship) for SAC candidates, DCAT and MCAT


Submission instructions published on the NZQA website for:

Dance – NZ Scholarship

DCAT – Levels 1, 2 and 3

Design and Visual Communications (DVC) – Levels 1, 2, 3 and NZ Scholarship

Drama – NZ Scholarship

Education for Sustainability – Level 3

Health and Physical Education – NZ Scholarship

Languages – NZ Scholarship

MCAT – Level 1

Music – NZ Scholarship

Technology – Levels 1, 2, 3 and NZ Scholarship

Visual Arts – Levels 1, 2, 3 and NZ Scholarship

28

SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC) – Include as many exam entries for SAC candidates as possible and continue to attach SAC entitlements to exams

AUGUST

AUGUST
1

Data file submission due - used to calculate the quantity of exam papers and materials for external exams

Check timetable clashes and confirm candidates’ entries for externals

TRANSLATED PAPERS – Final date to request translation or marking in Te Reo Māori for external entries in your data file

DCAT and MCAT – Deadline for schools to advise NZQA of Assessment Day and confirm number of MCAT booklets required

Visual Arts: art bag order due

9

Check accuracy of externally assessed entries in preparation for 1 September data file submission including international candidate entries in NCEA & NZ Scholarship. Fees for international candidates are based on entries in the 1 September file

SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER
1

Data file submission due - all confirmed entries for externally assessed standards including NZ Scholarship for candidates to receive personalised exam materials

Final date for withdrawals from externally assessed standards including NZ Scholarship

Check timetable clashes and confirm with candidates how two-way clashes will be resolved. Three-way clash letters will be sent to PNs by end of Term 3

6

 Visual Arts Levels 1 and 2 – start entering provisional results

12

 MCAT Level 1, 91027 Assessment Day One

14

 MCAT Level 1, 91027 Assessment Day Two

DCAT term 3 assessment period 18 September – 29 September
22  TERM 3 ENDS
25  SOUTH CANTERBURY ANNIVERSARY
29

SPECIAL ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS (SAC) – Applications for Learning Disorder close for 2023.

First time applications for entitlement open for 2024

OCTOBER

OCTOBER
1

Data file submission due - include all confirmed entries into internally assessed standards and entries assigned to courses

9

TERM 4 BEGINS

16 DCAT term 4 assessment period 16 October – 27 October
18

Admission Slips for candidates sent to schools

19

MCAT Level 1, 91027 – Last day for entry of ALL provisional results and submissions sent for verification

20 HAWKE'S BAY ANNIVERSARY
23 LABOUR DAY
24

Confirm with NZQA three-way exam clash arrangements

25

Submission of candidate work and attendance rolls for the following external standards: (collected from schools)

Dance – NZ Scholarship

Design and Visual Communications (DVC) – Levels 1, 2, 3 and NZ Scholarship

Education for Sustainability – Level 3

Music –NZ Scholarship

Health and Physical Education – NZ Scholarship

Technology – Levels 1, 2, 3 and NZ Scholarship

Visual Arts Level 1 – Verification portfolios and ALL provisional results must be entered

30

 MARLBOROUGH ANNIVERSARY


Final date for school payment of NCEA & NZ Scholarship fees for international

fee-paying candidates

NOVEMBER

NOVEMBER
1

Data file submission due - include all derived grades for Unexpected Events and correct any errors or warnings from previous submissions and send any additional candidate information in this file

2

Visual Arts Level 2 – Verification portfolios collected from schools. Complete entry of ALL provisional results

6

NCEA AND NZ SCHOLARSHIP EXAMS COMMENCE

9

Check accuracy of internally assessed entries for 1 December fileVisual Arts Level 3 and NZ

Scholarship – Portfolio submission/collection for Level 3 and NZ Scholarship external standards

10

Visual Arts Level 1 – start entering final results

13

MCAT Level 1, 91027 – start entering final results

17

Visual Arts Level 2- start entering final results


CANTERBURY ANNIVERSARY (no exams scheduled for today) 

27  CHATHAM ISLANDS ANNIVERSARY
29

Visual Arts – Levels 1 and 2, last day for entry of all final results

30

NCEA AND NZ SCHOLARSHIP EXAMS END

DECEMBER

DECEMBER
1

Final data file submission for 2023 - include all final verified internally assessed results and derived grades at scale for an unexpected event. This file is the last opportunity to correct any remaining errors and warnings.

Final date for withdrawals from internally assessed standards

DO NOT WITHDRAW leavers

Update school emergency contacts with NZQA

Final date to submit assessment plan for 2024 moderation

MCAT Level 1, 91027 – last day for entry of all final results

5

 WESTLAND ANNIVERSARY


Data file submission links close at midnight (entry and result file processing ends). No further 2023 data files can be uploaded to NZQA after 11.59pm

Web Entries Schools’ access closes

Assessment specifications for 2024 external assessment published online

Derived grade online applications close

12

Provider access to ‘Late Internally Assessed Results’ for 2023 opens

20

TERM 4 ENDS (no later than)

25

CHRISTMAS DAY

26

BOXING DAY

2024 JANUARY

2024 JANUARY
Mon 1

NEW YEAR'S DAY

Tues 2

DAY AFTER NEW YEAR'S DAY

Mon 22

WELLINGTON ANNIVERSARY

Mon 29

AUCKLAND ANNIVERSARY

NELSON ANNIVERSARY

 

Key Business Dates 2023  
21 Feb – 10 March 2023 Leading National Assessment seminars
6 – 30 November 2023 External Exams
2 Dec 2023 – 7 Jan 2024 Processing of externally assessed results

 

Note: Data files
*Data files should be submitted for the 1st of each month from April to December. Data files can be submitted more than once a month.

 

 
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