Understanding NCEA

Understanding NCEA is a booklet designed for use by students, parents, and the wider school community. It is designed to be a guide to understand how NCEA works and the importance of having a plan, choosing subjects, career planning and aiming for endorsements. The booklet is also available in Te Reo, Cook Islands Maori, Samoan, Niuean, and Tongan. Please visit the brochures page of the NZQA website to view PDF versions. 

Other useful information on the NZQA website include the How NCEA works videoThis is a popular animation that provides basic information about NCEA and is particularly useful as an initial overview for parents and students new to secondary school. The video can be viewed in various Pasifika languages.

To help clarify information about University Entrance (UE), visit the NZQA website to find out more about the minimum requirements, approved subjects, and background to the changes implemented in 2014. In 2015 NZQA introduced an App that also contains clear and succinct information about UE. The NCEA Guide App includes a link to the more detailed UE information on the website, as well as plenty of useful advice about NCEA itself. Please click here for links to download the App.

In addition, NZQA has recently updated their App called NCEA Student to help students plan their NCEA study programme, set goals and track their progress. Please click here for links to download the App.

National Secondary Exams (NCEA)

The proposed NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship examination period for 2017 is as follows:

Start - Thursday 9 November 2017
Finish - No later than Friday 1 December 2017

Please click here to view the proposed 2017 examination timetable.