NCEA Information


General NCEA Information

Please see the following general information provided by NZQA: NZQA NCEA Information

Long Bay College hosted an information evening about NCEA. To view the presentation, please click here:  NCEA Parent Information

2020 NZQA NCEA Exam Timetable

Find timetables for Levels 1, 2 and 3 here

Essential NCEA Exam Information

For all information, including what to take with you on the day of exams or what to do if you are unwell, please download this file: NZQA Exam Rules Procedures

NZQA Rules and Instructions for Candidates

Please see information from NZQA about fair assessment conditions.   By entering a submission or examination, students agree to these terms (students will find this information on the back of the exam admission slip), which are outlined here:  www.nzqa.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/2020-Candidate-Sheet-October-Final-V2.pdf

Changes to NCEA in 2020

September 8, 2020 NCEA announcement

The MoE has announced a new set of changes to NCEA.

The importance of formative exams

Formative exam results may now be more significant than ever. The results could potentially be used as NCEA grades in the event that externals cannot be completed later in the year, due to further COVID-19 outbreaks.

Changes to NCEA for students in Auckland

Due to the second lockdown in Auckland, a number of changes have been made to the NCEA qualification for our students.

The Government has made additional changes to NCEA for students in Auckland to recognise the 13 days of classroom time lost during the recent Alert Level 3 lockdown. These changes will help ensure you have a fair opportunity to achieve NCEA this year.

Extra Learning Recognition credits

Learning Recognition (LR) credits were introduced this year to recognise the classroom time lost during the nationwide lockdown earlier this year. Extra LR credits are now available to students in Auckland because of the additional COVID disruption in August.

Changes to earning rate and LR credit maximums

NCEA Level LR credit maximum LR credit earning rate Total number of credits required from assessment
L1 Up to 16 LR credits 1 for 4 credits achieved 64
L2 Up to 12 LR credits 1 for 4 credits achieved 68 (48 + 20 from another level)
L3 Up to 12 LR credits 1 for 4 credits achieved 68 (48 + 20 from level 2 or higher

These changes apply to all the credits students achieve in 2020, including credits earned before the recent lockdown, and cover internal assessment, exams and portfolios.

Changes to certificate endorsements

Instead of 46 credits, you will now need 44 credits to earn Merit or Excellence Certificate Endorsements.

Support for students

Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu (Te Kura) will offer extra places in their Summer School in 2020. Talk to your school if you are interested.

If your child needs extra help to achieve your NCEA goals this year, or have stopped attending school during lockdown, extra places will be available in programmes led by Te Kura (the Correspondence School) from Term Four.

Preparing students for success

If another COVID-19 disruption prevents your child from sitting end-of-year examinations, there are steps in place to ensure they can still receive a grade. Teachers have been gathering assessment evidence from the course work students have been doing that shows whether they have met the requirements of the standard.

Changes to University Entrance (UE) were announced in June, meaning students need to achieve 12 credits, rather than 14 credits, in each of 3 University Entrance Approved Subjects. There are no extra changes to UE, but universities and other tertiary education providers are also taking the unique circumstances of 2020 into account in their discretionary entry requirements for 2021.


June 4 NCEA announcement

In light of the impact of COVID-19,  NZQA has released new information for parents/caregivers about supporting students who are completing NCEA in 2020.  Please find all the details here.

Further changes were announced for NCEA and University Entrance (UE) requirements in 2020.

The changes to NCEA and UE are as follows:

· Students working towards an NCEA qualification can gain additional credits based on the number of credits they achieve during the 2020 school year. These additional credits will be known as Learning Recognition credits. For every five credits a student achieves towards their NCEA, either through internal or external assessment, they are entitled to an additional one credit. Students at NCEA Level 1 are eligible for up to a maximum of 10 additional credits while those at Levels 2 and 3 are eligible for up to a maximum of eight additional credits.  Learning Recognition credits will be calculated by NZQA once internal and external results are known.  They will not contribute to endorsements.

· Students will be awarded a certificate endorsement if they achieve 46 credits at Merit or Excellence level, rather than the usual 50. Students achieving 12 credits at Merit or Excellence level in a course in a year (rather than 14) will be awarded a course endorsement.

· Current UE requirements have been reduced from 14 to 12 credits in three UE-approved subjects. Students still need to attain NCEA Level 3 and meet literacy and numeracy requirements to be awarded University Entrance.

· External NCEA examinations and NZ Scholarship examinations will now take place from 16 November 2020 to 9 December 2020. This will provide extra time for teaching, learning and assessment in Term Four.

· The submission date for subjects which require students to submit a portfolio (for example, Design and Visual Communications) has been extended to 12 November 2020, to allow students more time to complete their portfolios.

The changes have been designed to encourage students to continue working towards their NCEA and to ensure that the NCEA attained by our students during this school year is just as valid as those earned in previous years.

For questions about  NCEA changes or to access support, please contact your Atawhai Leader, Dean or Guidance Counsellor.


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