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English assessment specification

Scholarship Performance Standard (93001) English
Method of assessment Written examination
For year 2023

Format of the assessment

The assessment is in three sections.

Candidates will be required to write three essays, each in response to a question from each section.

Section A: Close Reading of Unfamiliar Texts will provide two texts – one prose and one poetry – and a question requiring a comparison of the texts with an emphasis on aspects of content and crafting.

Section B: Responding to Literature and Language will provide a range of questions on genres including poetry, non-fiction, film, Shakespeare, drama, novel, short story, TV series, and interactive text. Candidates will select ONE question to answer.

Section C: Exploring Issues in Literature and Language will provide a range of issues-based questions. Candidates will select ONE question to answer.


In Sections B and C:

  • candidates should demonstrate wide knowledge and wide reading, and an appreciation of aspects of genre and intertextuality
  • candidates should not include the same content or quotations in their responses to the two questions.

English 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, 6.9MB)

2021 exam materials (ZIP, 20MB)

2020 exam materials (ZIP, 33MB)

2019 exam materials (ZIP, 74MB)

2018 exam materials (ZIP, 33MB)

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