Assessment Report

New Zealand Scholarship Chinese 2021

Standard 93005

Part A: Commentary

The theme of the 2021 examination focused on the current COVID-19 situation in New Zealand, which allowed all candidates to engage their personal experiences in response to all three questions from chosen, varied aspects of any text. The texts of both the listening and reading sections were based on NCEA Chinese vocabularies. Successful candidates drew evidence from texts. Candidates needed to be able to quickly process the given spoken and written information from the texts and draw evidence from it, while responding to questions orally and in writing in a limited time frame.

Candidate responses have shown successful reference to the spoken and written stimulus materials with convincing evidence. The Excellence candidates are confident in their written responses both in Chinese and English.

Part B: Report on performance standard

Candidates who were awarded Scholarship with Outstanding Performance commonly:

  • were able to comprehensively understand the listening and reading material and analysed meaning beyond the text
  • wrote consistently their Chinese and English as well as oral expression with excellent performance in all responses
  • demonstrated a high level of confidence in the Chinese language with fluent and natural writing, rich and varied vocabulary
  • had clear, focused, logical, and persuasive oral expression
  • demonstrated excellent knowledge of China and New Zealand in the response, with a proper understanding of both historical context and the present
  • had excellent analytical skills and critical thinking
  • were insightful and original in their responses, avoiding clichés.

Candidates who were awarded Scholarship commonly:

  • demonstrated a solid understandingChinese and New Zealand culture
  • had Chinese writing which felt natural with rich vocabulary and expressions used flexibly
  • wrote essays with structure and had a clear conclusion
  • were able to use a wide range of idioms or colloquialisms to help illustrate their point of view
  • demonstrated English writing which was relatively mature and expressed opinions which were supported by both personal relevance and material from the listening and reading stimulus
  • spoke confidently and fluently
  • had awareness of a specific reader or listener to which the writing and oral expression were targeted towards.

Candidates who were not awarded Scholarship commonly:

  • did not have a clear structure in their Chinese or English writing
  • had generally weak Chinese writing skills, unable to form a complete and persuasive essay
  • were weak in English, which affected their overall performance as they only translated the material from Chinese into English without forming an argument
  • did not effectively relate personal experiences to the listening and reading material
  • used descriptive language rather than analytical language, which weakened the persuasiveness of the essay
  • did not express an obvious opinion and formed blunt or abrupt conclusions.

Previous years' reports
2020 (PDF, 211KB)

2019 (PDF, 152KB)

2018 (PDF, 89KB)

2017 (PDF, 42KB)

2016 (PDF, 188KB)

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