26 August 2021
NZ Qualifications Authority (NZQA) have announced changes to a range of exams and assessments in the wake of disruption to schooling caused by the latest outbreak of Covid-19 in the community.
End of year exams and portfolios
In order to give students and schools more time to prepare for the end of the year, the start date for Level 1-3 NCEA and NZ Scholarship end of year exams has been pushed back two weeks to Monday 22 November 2021. Exams will run until Tuesday 14 December 2021. Portfolio submission dates (for subjects like Design) have also been pushed back by two weeks.
If your teen is studying NCEA Level 1 or Level 2 Visual Arts, there is no longer a requirement for schools to provide portfolios from students sitting for NZQA to verify. This change gives students time to finish their work, and for teachers to mark it.
Mathematics Common Assessment Task (MCAT)
The NCEA Level 1 Mathematics Common Assessment Task (MCAT) has also been delayed for two weeks (previously 14 and 16 September 2021) and will now be held 28 and 30 September 2021. The objective of this change is to give students who were due to sit the MCAT exams more time to prepare.
At this stage, the dates for DigiCATs remain as 20 September to 1 October and 18 to 27 October.
NZQA have also advised that these changes are as a response to the current situation and as time goes on, and the time spent at Alert Levels 4 and 3 becomes known, other options may be taken up, such as reintroducing Learning Recognition Credits or making changes to the thresholds for Endorsements and University Entrance.