Digital exams self-guided tutorial

Welcome to the NCEA Online digital exams self-guided tutorial. 

This tutorial is designed for Principal’s Nominees who are new to digital exams or need a refresher on the basics. 

It outlines what you need to know about how digital exams work and preparing your school for digital exams, from increasing confidence in your school community to the basic requirements of room set up and infrastructure preparation.

It's made up of nine short videos and should take no more than 45 minutes in total.

You don’t need to finish them all at once – you can jump in and out, so make sure to bookmark this page.

Video 1: How digital exams work

Learn the basics of the digital exam software, understand the end to end process for digital exams and what it looks like from a supervisor perspective.

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Video 2: Preparing your school for digital exams

Understand the importance of the three Ps: plan, prepare, practice. Know where to start when planning digital exams and who needs to do what and when. 

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Video 3: Building confidence and planning for the unexpected

Know what might go wrong, so you can plan to reduce the impact of unexpected events and mitigate risks. 

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Video 4: Preparing your students

Find out what your students need to know about digital exams and how they can familiarise themselves with the digital exam platform. 

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Video 5: Preparing your devices

Find out which devices are compatible with the digital exam platform and how to set up devices correctly, including enabling language keyboards for Te Reo Māori and foreign language exams. 

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  • Digital exams device check
    See if your device is compatible with digital exams and find out how to set up devices for a digital exam 

Video 6: Preparing your infrastructure

Understand the requirements for digital exams and the support available from NZQA and Network for Learning (N4L). 

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  • Check school infrastructure
    Make sure your school’s digital infrastructure is set up for digital exams and that your network is efficient and secure.

Video 7: Preparing your space 

Understand how setting up for digital exams is different from paper exams.

Video 8: Exam Management

Understand how exam management differs between paper and digital exams, including making digital entries, working with your ECM, and tracking which students have accessed their student/learner login. 

Video 9: On the day of a digital exam

Know what you and your students can expect on the day of a digital exam. 


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