New Zealand Scholarship History

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History assessment specification

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History assessment specification

Scholarship Performance Standard (93403) History
Method of assessment Written examination
For year 2023

Format of the assessment

Candidates will be required to answer three questions in an exam booklet, using an extended response format.

Candidates will be provided with a resource booklet containing a variety of historical sources, primary and secondary, based on a theme.

The theme for the 2023 examination is communism as a historical force. The Aotearoa New Zealand context is “New Zealand in the years 1950 to 1954”.

The theme will shape the questions and sources.

Questions One and Two will reflect the theme but not necessarily within a specific Aotearoa New Zealand context.

Question One will focus on historical narratives and Question Two will focus on historical relationships.

Question Three will provide a specific Aotearoa New Zealand context related to the theme.

Candidates will be expected to respond to each question by constructing a substantiated argument that synthesises the source material, as well as their own understanding and knowledge, to evaluate the theme.

Candidates must demonstrate their ability to:

  • use highly developed knowledge to analyse and think critically about key ideas relevant to the historical context and setting
  • synthesise a highly developed understanding of the context, with ideas drawn from both the resource booklet provided and their own knowledge of complex historical contexts
  • evaluate historical relationships such as cause and effect, continuity and change, past and present, specific and general, patterns and trends, and differing perspectives
  • judge the reliability and usefulness of historical evidence and evaluate the strengths and limitations of historians’ narratives connected to the theme
  • evaluate a specific event / period / idea connected to the theme within an Aotearoa New Zealand context.

History 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

Scholarship History Sample Assessment for 2021 (ZIP, 489KB)

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

2022 exam materials (ZIP, 12MB)

2021 exam materials (ZIP, 14MB)

2020 exam materials (ZIP, 18MB)

2019 exam materials (ZIP, 12MB)

2018 exam materials (ZIP, 5.1MB)

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