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Practice Exams

Practice Exams 2024

Senior students (Years 11 - 13) will sit practice exams in Week 9 of Term 3 (Monday 16 - Friday 20 September). During this time, senior students will be on study leave to prepare for their exams. We encourage all parents and caregivers to ensure their children are taking these exams seriously and making the most of the study time provided to prepare for their exams.

The Importance of Practice Exams


Derived Grades

It is very important that all students complete the practice exams to the best of their abilities as these will form the basis of any derived grades that students may need to apply for in the event of an absence due to legitimate reasons such as:

  • Serious Illness or pandemic

  • Family bereavement

  • Significant injury or trauma at the time immediately before or during exams that may impede their ability to complete any or all exams

  • Natural Disaster

Feedback and Preparation for Final NCEA Exams

Practice exams provide students with necessary feedback about their next learning steps and what they will need to prioritise in their studies in the lead up to the final external exams. They also allow students to practice being in formal exam conditions.

Authenticity of Results

As part of this process, we have tools and procedures that enable us to ensure authenticity and that the work being submitted is that of the students.

Exam Timetable and Venues

To view the practice exam timetable, please click the button below.

Each day, exam venues will be advertised on the exam notice boards outside the Theatre and G25.

Exam Clashes

Students who have 2 exams at the same time will be provided with an alternative arrangement for one of the exams.


Some practical subjects will be offering workshops for students to complete projects. Venues will be communicated by individual subject teachers. If there is a clash with an exam students must attend the exam and where possible alternatives will be arranged with their workshop teacher.

Buses During Practice Exams

Buses run at normal times during practice exams. Students finishing early or late will need to find an alternative way home.

NZQA Logins

All senior students will receive instructions in Term 3 on how to log in to NZQA so that they can:

  • Complete their digital practice exams.

  • Complete their digital final exams.

  • Check their final results in January 2025.

All NCEA students must have a functioning login to NZQA. These logins are managed by NZQA, not by the college.


If you have any questions about specific assessments, please contact your child’s teacher.

The 2024 Practice Exam Timetable will be available early in Term 3
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