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NCEA Changes

James Burnside —

The following changes have been announced and currently these are the only changes to affect our students.

  • The dates for end of year NCEA and NZ Scholarship exams will be moved back by two weeks and are now between Monday 22 November and Tuesday 14 December.
  • Most NCEA subjects where students prepare a portfolio instead of sitting an exam – like Design and Visual Communications – will have the due date for these portfolios pushed back by two weeks.
  • The NCEA Level 1 Mathematics Common Assessment Task (MCAT) will be delayed from 14 or 16 September for two weeks – to 28 or 30 September.
  • Schools will not have to provide portfolios from students sitting NCEA Level 1 or Level 2 Visual Arts for NZQA to verify. This means there will be more time for students to finish their work.

Further information can be found here.


The Government, however, has also announced that there will be additional changes if schools and kura are disrupted by Alert Levels 3 or 4 for a total of 20 or more school days in 2021. The additional changes will be applied to take into account the disruption to learning. As was the case in 2020 this will include the introduction of learning recognition credits and the lowering of credit boundaries for UE, certificate and subject endorsements.