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French assessment specification

Scholarship Performance Standard (93004) French
Method of assessment Written and spoken examination
For year 2023

Resources or information supplied

a question-and-answer booklet for each candidate

an audio file of the Listening passage(s)

a laminated 'Speaking Task' card.

The school will provide a device and software on which to play the Listening passage(s), and to record the candidates' spoken responses.

Format of the assessment

The exam consists of TWO parts, held in a three-hour time slot:

first, a two-hour Writing section with two questions in response to spoken and written stimulus material in French

second, a short individual Speaking section, scheduled within a one-hour time slot, with one question in French.

SECTION ONE: Writing (two hours)

Question One

This question will be in French. It will require a response written in French, to passage(s) spoken in French, and provided as an audio file. 

The Listening passage(s) will:

require approximately 30 minutes listening time

be repeated 3 times: the first time as a whole, the second and third times in sections, with a pause after each section

consist of no more than 3 passages

be linked around a common theme.

Question Two

This question will be in English. It will require a response written in English or te reo Māori, to stimulus material written in French, provided in the question-and-answer booklet.

The written stimulus material will:

consist of no more than 3 texts

be linked around a common theme.

SECTION TWO: Speaking (individual sessions within a one-hour time slot)

Question Three

Candidates will be required to give a spoken response of 3–4 minutes to a question related to the listening passage(s) and/or the written text(s). Both the question and the response will be in French.

In the recording room, candidates will be given:

a straightforward question

paper and pen

10 minutes to make notes for an oral response to the question.

At the end of 10 minutes, candidates will speak for 3–4 minutes, in French, in response to the question. Candidates may use their notes as they speak.

Information for candidates (PDF, 28KB)

Submission Instructions

Submission instructions for NZ Scholarship Languages (French) will be available to schools in Term 3.

French 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, 19MB)

2021 exam materials (ZIP, 17MB)

2020 exam materials (ZIP, 28MB)

2019 exam materials (ZIP, 33MB)

2018 exam materials (ZIP, 13MB)

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