Practice Exams & Assessments

Upcoming Practice Exams

Practice exams will be completed during week 10 of term 3, September 26 - 28, and will take place in three different ways:

  1. At school, in formal exam conditions both online and on paper, in Week 10

  2. During regular class time between now and the end of Week 9

  3. Online, at home, on designated days during Week 10


Timetable for In-School Practice Exams 27 – 29 September, 2022

The following timetable is for exams being carried out at school, in formal exam conditions.

Exam room allocations will also be posted outside the Theatre, Library and at the top of the steps between T and G Blocks.

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Rationale for Changing the Practice Exam Format

As a college, we are preparing for the future of assessment by moving more of our exams to an online format and outside of the traditional examination settings. NZQA (who run NCEA) are moving more and more assessments online with the intention that in the future many of the exams will be run remotely, at different times of the year, when students are ready to be assessed. AUT and the University of Auckland are leading the way in this area with most assessments that were traditionally carried out on paper at the university moved online and completed remotely. Furthermore, owing to this year's disruptions, we want to retain senior students in class with their teachers for as much time as possible.

Practice Exams and Derived Grades

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

  • Covid-19 (due to sickness, isolating with whānau, or lockdown)

  • 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

Feedback and Preparation for Final NCEA Exams

All 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 exams.

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.

Assessment Workshops in Week 10

On Thursday 29 and Friday 30 September of Week 10, workshops for internal assessments will take place. Teachers will notify students which assessments will be carried out during this time. This is primarily for practical subjects and will not affect all students.

Buses During Practice Exams

Buses will be running at normal times from September 26 - 28. Students finishing early or late will need to find an alternative way home.

NZQA Logins

During weeks 7 and 8 of term 3, all senior students will be sent instructions on how to login to NZQA so that they can:

  • Complete their digital practice exams in September 2022

  • Complete their digital final exams in November 2022

  • Check their results in January 2023

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.