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2022 Digital Language Exams – Listening Assessments
A2022/15 - 21 Oct 2022


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Teachers of Chinese, Cook Islands Māori, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Lea Faka-Tonga, Samoan, Spanish, Te Reo Rangatira

2022 Digital Language Exams - Listening Assessments

Audio file within the Digital Listening Assessments

In 2022, all digital language assessments against the listening achievement standards will include audio files. This means that a supervisor will no longer play listening assessment recordings for digital exams centrally, but each student will control this themselves from their device. 

Headphones required

To play the audio files in any digital language exam and/or use the voice-over function in Te Reo Rangatira exams, students will need to use headphones that are compatible with the device they are using. Students should test the headphones and confirm that they work before beginning the exam.

Students can use the language listening standards familiarisation activity on our website to check their headphones and play the audio files to see how they work (located under the Have a play section).

As with the paper language exams, the full passage for each question can be played once, and each section played twice. Students will have control over when they start listening to the full passage and each repeated section but will not be able to pause once a passage or section has started.

Digital Te Reo Rangatira Exams voice-over function

Digital Te Reo Rangatira Level 1-3 exams will also include an additional voice-over function which covers instructions, questions, and resources (circular available here).

Spare headphones

It is recommended schools have some spare headphones available for Exam Centres to use as backups on the day. ‘In-ear’ headphones should only be used as a backup where they are brand new.


Please refer any enquiries relating to this circular to your School Relationship Manager:

School Relationship Manager
School Quality Assurance and Liaison
Telephone: 04 463 3000

Circulars are available from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority website (

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