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NCEA Level 1 Mathematics and Statistics 91027 Common Assessment Task in 2017
A2017/13 - 14 Jun 2017


Principal’s Nominee
Head of Mathematics Department
All Mathematics Teachers
Data Manager

NCEA Level 1 Mathematics and Statistics 91027 Common Assessment Task in 2017

This circular provides information about:

  • nomination of day(s) schools will assess the Mathematics Common Assessment Task (MCAT)
  • provision of assessment booklets by NZQA
  • MCAT Administrative Guidelines for Schools.

MCAT assessment days
The MCAT may be assessed on Tuesday 19 September 2017 and/or Thursday 21 September 2017.

Candidates will have one 60-minute assessment session to complete the assessment. Schools may choose to hold the assessment on a single day, or hold sessions on both days. For example, in a large school it may be impractical to assess all students on a single day.

What schools need to do:

  • nominate the day(s) on which they will hold the MCAT
  • specify the number of assessment booklets, including any Te Reo Māori booklets, required on each day by completing and emailing the Nomination of MCAT Assessment Day form to no later than Tuesday 1 August 2017. The total number of booklets requested for the school should match candidate entries in the 1 August 2017 data file submission to NZQA.

Delivery of assessment booklets and advice to office staff
Printed assessment booklets will be sent to schools by Wednesday 13 September 2017. These will arrive in boxes addressed to the Principal’s Nominee (PN) and be marked “Private and Confidential”. PNs should advise office staff to expect the arrival of the booklets to ensure that they are stored securely. Electronic versions of the assessment booklets will also be published online on the schools’ secure website, from Monday 18 September 2017.

Schools are reminded that:

  • if they fail to inform NZQA of their nominated MCAT day, or change their MCAT day, they will not receive printed assessment booklets, and must download the booklets for the relevant day(s) from the secure website and print their own copies
  • if they have late entries, they may download and print extra copies of the assessment booklets
  • they may not use any assessment booklets other than on its intended day, including as revision materials or practice assessments
  • they may only hold the MCAT on 19 and/or 21 September
  • they may not hold the MCAT on 20 September
  • they must provide students with only one opportunity to sit the MCAT
  • failure to meet these requirements will invalidate student results.

Administrative Guidelines for Schools

  • “MCAT Administrative Guidelines for Schools” are now available on the NZQA Mathematics and Statistics resource page. Schools need to be familiar with the requirements in these guidelines to ensure the integrity of the assessment.


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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