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NCEA External Exams

NCEA External Exams

We will be updating this page with useful information in the lead up to exams.  Please ensure that you check back regularily.

Information about the External exams can be found on the NZQA Website

Exam Admission Slips (These will be given to students in Term 4)
  • Please ensure that you bring your admission slip to the exam
  • Do not write on the admission slip.
  • If you forget their admission slip you can get a replacement from the Deans’ Secretary for $1 or print one from the NZQA website.
  • Leave your phone in your bags turned off.
  • If you are sick and unable to attend the exam you must contact Ms Downs and get a Derived Grade form.  This form must be taken to the doctor to complete. A medical certificate is not acceptable.

NZQA Payment - As of 2019 there is no longer a fee to enter NZQA exams.

Preparing for Exams (Things to do now!)

  • Know when your exams are.  Check the 2019 Timetable and know when you exams are.
  • Make use of the NZQA Subject Resources  to help you with your study.  These include - Exam Specifications / Past Exam Papers / Exemplars of past answers.
  • Clearly understand the Examination Rules


Leading up to the Exams (Hints and Tips have been provided by Auckland University Starpath Programme) 

  •  Ask yor teachers for advice on what and how to study for my subjects.
  • Stick to a planned study timetable with all commitments scheduled (school, sports, church, job).
  •  Use for study and exam advice and support from tutors in subject areas like English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Science and Earth and Space Science. This is a free service for NCEA students.
  • Have a quiet place at home where you can work, away from distractions like family, friends, technology…
  •  Study in chunks of time – 1 hour blocks.
  • Take breaks – 10 mins for each 1 hour of study.
  • Think about food and drink – do I have these in my breaks or while I am studying?
  • Limit socialising and time on devices – plan to use social media or phone my friends in study breaks.
  •  If you have an after school job you may need to cut down your hours/take time off during the weeks of the exams. It’s only for a short period of time – study needs to come first.


Websites that offer a range of resources that maybe helpful


On the Day of the Exam

  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Have a decent breakfast.
  • Arrive at school at the correct time for my exam (morning 9am, afternoon 1.30pm).
  • Take my examination entry slip – with my name and NSN details on.
  • Have my equipment ready – including spare pens, calculator if needed, ruler etc., in a clear plastic bag.
  • Go to the bathroom before entering the exam room.
  • Don’t worry about what I have done in revision time.

 In the Exam Room

  • Ask the supervisor for help if I need it.
  • Ask for extra paper if I need it.
  • Use my watch or the clock in the room to time my answers. Stop when my allocated time for each answer is finished.
  • Stay for the whole three hours.
  • Write in blue pen only in the exam booklets (do not use twink or pencil).
  • Make sure I am comfortable – not cold, not hot, my desk isn’t wobbly, go to the bathroom if I need to.
  • Don’t worry about what other people are doing – concentrate on my own answers.
  • Read all instructions on the front cover and inside the booklets before answering each question.
  • Use the exam papers to help me – pay attention to the words in bold in each question.
  • If I feel unwell, tell the supervisor.

After the Exam

  • Don’t worry about my answers or spend a lot of time with my friends analysing what I did or didn’t do in the exam. 
  • Relax!
  • Forget about this exam and concentrate on the next one. 

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