Assessment Matters


Exemplars for Externally Assessed Standards
A2018/08 - 4 Apr 2018


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Exemplars for Externally Assessed Standards

Following a full review of the purpose of publishing exemplars for externally assessed standards, NZQA is implementing the following recommendations:

  • Generally, new exemplars will be provided for a standard where:
    • there is a significant change in the standard or
    • there is a significant change in the format of the questions.
  • Where the example answers in the assessment schedule give the illustration required, further exemplars are unnecessary.
  • Partial exemplars will be used where full responses are not required to exemplify the standard. These extracts will illustrate the expectations of the standard without providing a full answer that may be rote learned.

Exemplars of 2017 responses will be published in April 2018. There will be up to three years of exemplars for each standard. Where there are more than three years of exemplars published, the earlier one(s) will be removed at the end of term 2, 2018.

From 2019, where new exemplars are published, earlier ones will be removed so that there is a maximum of three years of exemplars available.


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
Fax: 04 463 3115

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