New Zealand Scholarship Geography

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Geography assessment specification

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Geography assessment specification 

Scholarship Performance Standard (93401) Geography
Method of assessment Written examination
For year 2023

Format of the assessment

In 2023, the examination questions and resource booklet will focus on the theme of 'Powering the world – energy in a global context'.

Some resource materials (such as maps, text, photographs, models, graphs, tables, and cartoons) related to this theme will be provided. Candidates will be required to incorporate a wide range of case studies, using information and ideas BOTH from the resource materials and from their studies in geography. Candidates will be required to respond to questions that involve critically analysing, processing, selecting, extracting, justifying, predicting, integrating, and presenting information.

Candidates will be required to include relevant original visuals that will enhance their answers.

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate understanding of a range of geographic perspectives and to use their geographic knowledge, skills, and understanding to support their answers.


Candidates are advised to bring a calculator.

Candidates can use coloured pencils in their diagrams / maps. Annotations on these diagrams / maps must be in pen. Any work done in pencil will not be eligible for reconsideration.

Geography 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, 11MB)

2021 exam materials (ZIP, 34MB)

2020 exam materials (ZIP, 15MB)

2019 exam materials (ZIP, 27MB)

2018 exam materials (ZIP, 28MB)

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