Academic Qualifications

Regarding the New Zealand Grade allocation process:

In New Zealand the assessment mode is NCEA (National Certificate of Achievement), this is broken into three tiers of assessment:

Level 1 (Year 11), Level 2 (Year 12), Level 3 (Year 13)

In order to gain the Certificate for each level, a student must accumulate a set amount of “credits” Level 1 = 80 and Levels 2 and 3 = 60.  To gain credits a student must pass assessments (each assessment is assigned a specific amount of credits based on the amount of work required to learn and pass the assessment involved).

ie History Level 1 research assessment = 4 credits

When the student’s completed work is marked, it is assigned one of our grades:

N = Not Achieved, A = Achieved, M =Achieved with Merit, E = Achieved with Excellence

The easiest way to convert these grades to an international system is:

N = D or E, A = C,
M = B,
E = A to A+

The objective for each student is to gain the required credits to pass the NCEA Certificate for their level and then move on to the next level.  Once they have gained Level 3, they can moved on to Tertiary study.

The NCEA Certificate can be gained at three different achievement levels;

National Certificate of Achievement = Gained the required credits at Achieved level

National Certificate of Achievement Merit Endorsement = Gained the required amount of credits and over 60% of these were at Merit level

National Certificate of Achievement Excellence Endorsement = Gained the required amount of credits and over 60% of these were at Excellence level

In Class Assessments

During the year any practice assessments that are sat and graded are recorded as “In Class Assessments”.  These are not worth credits and are used as measurement tools to prepare the students for the official NCEA assessments.

For further clarification of assessment results, please visit the NZQA website.  Alternatively, a request can be made to NZQA for an official conversion of results from NCEA to International Grading.


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