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NCEA exams will go ahead if New Zealand is at Level 1, 2 or 3.

Belinda Leckie —

Schools are not considered gatherings so there are no restrictions on the number of students attending an examination in a single venue.

At all alert levels

  • If a school is at the centre of or implicated in an outbreak or cluster and/ or has been closed by the Medical Officer of Health, exams will not be able to take place until public health authorities give approval.
  • Anyone who is unwell must stay away
  • Those students identified as close contacts of a confirmed case, cannot attend their exam(s)

If a region is at Level 4, it is not possible to hold NCEA or New Zealand Scholarship exams because school sites are required to be closed. 

The unexpected event grade process would be used for students prevented from sitting NCEA exams as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. Unexpected event grades are not available to New Zealand Scholarship candidates, as this is a competitive award.

Grades students gained in the school exams will be used if an unexpected event grade process is activated.