New Zealand Scholarship Chemistry

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Chemistry assessment specification

Scholarship Performance Standard (93102) Chemistry
Method of assessment Written examination
For year 2023

Format of the assessment

There will be no more than 4 questions. Questions may be open-ended or structured in a step-wise fashion. Candidates are expected to provide answers to ALL questions.


Use of an approved scientific or graphics calculator is required.   

Resources or information supplied

A periodic table and spectroscopic data table will be provided. Other numerical data or reference material will be provided in the resource booklet or questions as needed.

Special notes

All working should be shown in calculations. Numerical answers should be rounded to an appropriate number of significant figures. Correct units must be included. Explanations and calculations are expected to be well set out and concise. Organic structures should be presented clearly, using one of the forms outlined in the reference sheet below.

Content / context details

Content may include quantitative analysis, organic chemistry, spectroscopy, redox and electrochemistry, rates of reaction, chemical equilibria, aqueous systems, particles, substances, and thermochemical principles.

Questions may be asked within a variety of appropriate contexts and cover material from more than one content area. Contexts may be unfamiliar to the candidates. Some questions may involve extended discussion, where the candidate needs to judge what is required.

Questions may require skills developed during practical work, such as processing and evaluation of data or information.

Quantities, units, symbols, and nomenclature

Symbols, nomenclature, spelling, and formatting will follow IUPAC conventions as much as possible. These are shown in the reference sheet Quantities, Units, Symbols, and Nomenclature used in Chemistry (PDF, 255KB). This reference sheet will NOT be provided with the examination.

Chemistry resources

The links listed below are for resources to help teachers and students understand what is required for success in New Zealand Scholarship.

Performance standard

Exam materials (question books, resource books, reports, schedules, etc)

2022 exam materials (ZIP, 1.6MB)

2021 exam materials (ZIP, 33MB)

2020 exam materials (ZIP, 1.3MB)

2019 exam materials (ZIP, 45MB)

2018 exam materials (ZIP, 25MB)

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