NCEA Subject Resources

Subject resource pages are available for the following subjects:










Ringa Toi Exhibition

Ringa Toi is an annual exhibition that showcases the artwork of secondary school students with a focus on Toi Māori. Read more.

Te Reo Māori Translation

Examination papers translated into Te Reo Māori
Te Reo Māori translation subjects

Glossaries For Translated NCEA External Examinations

Science and Technology
English–Māori (PDF, 1.4MB)
Māori–English (PDF, 1.4MB)
English–Māori (PDF, 165KB)
Māori–English (PDF, 168KB)
Social Studies
English–Māori (PDF, 204KB)
Māori–English (PDF, 206KB)

Types of Documents

Each NCEA subject resource page may include some or all of the following types of documents:

Assessment report

An overview of the performance of candidates in the external standards of a subject, for use by teachers and candidates.

Assessment schedule

The markers' guide – what was accepted, or looked for in candidate answers.

Assessment specifications

Provide the assessment parameters for each externally assessed achievement standard. Should be read alongside the applicable standards. Cover information such as format of examination paper and context of questions (where appropriate), as well as equipment candidates can bring and use. For portfolio subjects, the specifications cover submission date, and type and volume of materials that may be submitted as evidence.

Cut scores

Defines how the different levels of performance were separated from each other. For Grade Score Marking, these are the cut scores between the grades N, A, M, and E.

Examination paper

The set of questions to be answered by candidates in the exam room. In some cases there will be a single document; in others there may be separate documents.

Exemplar of examination paper

An actual student answer script, with annotations from the marker indicating why the script was assessed in the way it was.

Exemplar for internally assessed standard

An extract of student evidence, with commentary by the moderator explaining key aspects of the standard (for teacher use).

The standard
(unit or achievement)

Defines the learning outcomes (what the learner will be able to do, or explain, or demonstrate, or understand, etc), as well as the assessment criteria.

New content will be added as it is developed or becomes available.

NZQA thanks the students whose work has been published as exemplars.

Standards and previous exam documents (and associated reports, schedules, etc.) are also available by searching: search NCEA standards.

Quality Assured Assessment Materials trademark and NZQA Approved trademark

NZQA has established trademarks to assure teachers of the quality of assessment materials used when assessing secondary school students for qualifications. Only those materials certified by NZQA as suitable may carry these trademarks.

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