Myth # 1: The number of credits assessed

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  • "All students within a course must be assessed against the same standards."

  • "All students should be assessed against every standard offered in a course."

  • "A course must contain no more than 24 credits and no less than 18 credits."


  • Students need a total of 80 credits for each NCEA qualification.
  • Assessment programmes can be personalised to meet individual student needs. Some students may undertake less assessment, whilst others undertake more.
  • Students should be assessed when they are ready.
  • The teaching programme should allow students to be assessed when they are ready.

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NCEA levels and certificates

Some things to think about

  • A teaching programme should meet the requirements of the New Zealand Curriculum or Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.
  • An assessment programme should give students the opportunity to demonstrate their learning.
  • Factors that might determine the amount of assessment undertaken include:
    • your school's assessment policy
    • the way in which evidence of achievement can be gathered
    • the number of credits needed to gain a qualification, course endorsement, University Entrance, or other tertiary entrance requirements
    • credits required for Vocational Pathways.
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