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NCEA Amended Examination Timetable 2020

NCEA Credit Change Post Covid-19 for 2020

To help support students, the following changes are being made to NCEA and University Entrance (UE) requirements for this year:

• Students working towards an NCEA 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 (LR) credits. For every 5 credits a student achieves towards their NCEA either through internal or external assessment, they are entitled to an additional 1 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 8 additional credits. Any additional credits (LRs) gained will be added to student’s records in January/February 2021

• 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 – 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 4.

• 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 give students more time to complete their portfolios.

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

Please read this document for more information: NCEA Credit Changes for 2020

FROM NZQA Website: 13 May 2020

The Government has announced changes to NCEA, which give students more time to prepare for end of year assessment and help manage the impact of the disruption COVID-19 has caused to schooling.

Immediate changes are:

- Examinations for NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship will now begin on 16 November instead of 6 November, and end on 9 December instead of 2 December. An updated examination timetable is available here or downloaded below.

- The submission date for subjects which require students to submit a portfolio is being extended to 12 November 2020.

- The requirement for NZQA verification of Level 1 and 2 Visual Arts portfolios has been removed. This means students will have more time to complete their portfolios, and teachers will have more time for marking.

TBC: NZQA and Universities New Zealand are also discussing whether there should be adjustments to the requirements for University Entrance, to recognise the disruption that has occurred.

Download the 2020 NCEA Examination Timetable (post covid-19)

How NCEA Works

Click here to watch the video by NZQA

Two App recommendations

1. NCEAGuide

NCEA Guide includes key content about the structure of NCEA, how the qualification is used after studying, how credits work, and how endorsements are earned.  Users can also choose to view the content in English or Te Reo.


2. NCEAstudent

It complements the NCEA Guide App launched by NZQA last year to assist parents and employers to understand NCEA.

The free NCEA Student App has been developed to help students track their NCEA credit progress and set goals for further achievement.