New Zealand Scholarship reconsiderations

Applying for a New Zealand Scholarship reconsideration

Reconsideration deadline: Thursday, 9 March 2023


You should seek advice from your school before deciding whether to apply for a reconsideration for NZ Scholarship subjects.

How to apply:

  1. Log in to your Student Login and select Request Reconsideration for NZQA Examination Results. You'll be instructed on how to complete your application at each step.

    Note: the link won't be available until after the marked exams have been made available to students. 

  2. Print out a copy of the order confirmation screen and send this to NZQA with any of the following applicable materials:
    1. Music: Written material. The CD is held at NZQA.
    2. Design and Visual Communication (DVC): Your portfolio.
    3. Technology: Your folder.
    4. Visual Arts: Your workbook plus 4 x A4 photos – one per portfolio panel and one of the entire portfolio. In addition, the authenticity declaration section on your printed application form must be completed by your Visual Arts teacher. This form must be enclosed with your submission. Do not send your actual portfolio.
    5. Health and Physical Education (PE): NZQA has retained your report. Nothing further needs to be sent.
    6. Dance: NZQA has your workbook and CD. Nothing further needs to be sent.
    7. Drama: NZQA has your annotated text and video submission. Nothing further needs to be sent.
    8. Media Studies (digital exam only): NZQA has access to your digital script. Nothing further needs to be sent.
    9. All other subjects: your Scholarship booklet.

Your entire application must be received at NZQA by Thursday, 9 March 2023. Post information to:

New Zealand Scholarship Reconsiderations
PO Box 160

Note: Your application won't be processed if your material isn't received by NZQA's due date, or if you apply for a reconsideration using a review application form.


New Zealand Scholarship reconsiderations cost $30.70 per standard (subject). Where the reconsideration leads to a change of final grade, the fee is refunded.

Fees for reconsiderations will be waived for students:

  • whose parent or guardian (or a person with relevant care responsibilities) receives a Work and Income or StudyLink benefit; or
  • where the family income would entitle the family to receive a community services card.

The reconsideration fee waiver application form is available through your Student Login

How long does it take?

A review or reconsideration may take up to six weeks to process. If the outcome of your application might affect University Entrance, please let your chosen University know it may take up to six weeks for any updated results to become available.

You can monitor the status of your reconsideration request using the My Orders link in the Student Login main menu.

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