This page will help you to understand your understanding is assessed at Nayland College.

How will I know what I need to do to achieve a standard?

As you learn a new skill or topic, teachers will explain to you what is going to be assessed. You’ll know the standard of work that is expected and your teacher can provide feedback while you are learning to keep you on the right track. In some cases you will see examples of work that meet the standard.



How will Assessment occur?

The assessments are designed to suit the skill or knowledge being assessed. Each standard is either internally assessed in class during the year, or externally assessed at the end of the year.


Those standards best measured by teachers (eg speeches, fieldwork, investigations, practical work and performance) will be internally assessed.



What about external assessment?

Most external assessment will be by examination, though for some subjects you will submit a portfolio or have a visiting assessor instead.


School assessment of externally assessed standards

Throughout the year you will be assessed against standards that are formally assessed by NZQA at the end of the year.


This is done for many important reasons:


  • To provide feedback on how well you are performing.
  • To identify areas of weakness.
  • To help prepare you for the formal exams.
  • To provide evidence to be used if a derived grade is required for a standard assessed at the end of the year.


For these reasons it is essential that you prepare fully for the school assessments and gain the best result you are capable of.

How do I know internal assessment is fair?

To ensure consistency in internal assessment, there is national moderation.  Panels of experts check samples of marked student work to make sure all schools are assessing to the same standard. If you are unhappy with any assessment decision, you can appeal to the teacher within 5 days of it being returned. This includes the result, access to special assessment conditions, result of extension application.

Entry for Qualifications

You are automatically entered in the achievement standards covered by your course. You can withdraw from achievement standard assessments through the year.  If this happens you will still stay in the same class and course unless the HOD recommends you move to a less demanding level.


Verifying Grades

You will be able to verify the internal results awarded on the NZQA website. You can do a pre-check of the data on the School management System by using the Student Portal on the school website.


Storing Student Work

Where required, your assessment material will be kept by the department until it is no longer needed for moderation.


Breach of Rules / Authenticity

NZQA rules will apply in all assessments. This means the work presented must clearly be your own work. The task will explain when you can work with others. Any breach of these rules will result in a Not Achieved grade.



You are entitled to appeal any assessment decision. This must be done within 5 days of getting the grade by talking to your teacher. You can appeal grades, access to special exam conditions, breach of rules or being granted an extension. To do this talk to Mr Lineham

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NCEA sits alongside more than 800 other national qualifications used throughout secondary and tertiary education and industry training.

This means Nayland can use a range of standards from the Framework to tailor courses for the particular needs of our students. As well as NCEA, these courses may lead to specialist National Certificates, eg engineering, outdoor recreation, travel and tourism and to specific industry qualifications.


How do Standards work?

NCEA measures you against set standards to show what you know and can do.  Your progress is measured in credits achieved rather than marks gained


National standards have been set in each area of learning.  Each subject has a set of achievement standards that assess the work you have been learning.


Challenge is provided for students at all levels of ability. While less able students should achieve standards for some aspects of a subject, better students will have plenty to extend them. The merit and excellence grades are academically demanding – as are the externally assessed Scholarship awards available at Level 3. Students can also aim to get a course, or their NCEA Certificate, endorsed at merit or excellence


How do credits work?

You gain credits when you achieve the standard.  Credits are like points towards a qualification.  Each time you are assessed for a standard, and you succeed, you will ‘achieve’ the standard, or ‘achieve it with merit’ or ‘achieve it with excellence’.  Achieving at ‘Merit’ or ‘Excellence’ level does not increase the number of credits gained, but shows you have performed strongly – this improves your ‘Record of Achievement’ and your future prospects.


How do you gain a National Certificate?

80 credits are needed for an NCEA certificate at each of the three levels.


At Level 1:

  • To achieve a Level 1 Certificate you need 80 credits at Level 1 or above. These can be from any subject area but 10 credits need to be identified as Literacy standards and 10 as Numeracy.  These standards are from a range of subject areas.

At Level 2:

  • To achieve a Level 2 Certificate you need 80 credits – at least 60 from Level 2 or above. The other 20 could come from Level 1. You must have the level 1 literacy and numeracy requirements.

At Level 3:

  • To achieve a Level 3 Certificate you need 80 credits – at least 60 from Level 3 or above. The other 20 could come from Level 2. You must have the level 1 literacy and numeracy requirements.

Certificate Endorsement

If you gain 50 credits at Excellence, your NCEA will be endorsed with Excellence. Likewise, if you gain 50 credits at Merit (or Merit and Excellence) your NCEA will be endorsed with Merit

Course Endorsement

A course endorsement provides recognition for a student who has performed exceptionally well in an individual course. The key objective of a course endorsement is to motivate students to achieve their potential in one or more courses.

Students will gain a merit or excellence endorsement for a course if they achieve all of:

  • 14 or more credits at Merit or Excellence
  • at least 3 of these credits from externally assessed standards and 3 from internally assessed standards
  • the credits are gained in a single school year

What is needed to gain entrance to university?

  • attain NCEA Level 3
  • achieve 14 credits at level three in each of three subjects from the list of approved subjects.
  • achieve UE numeracy – 10 credits at Level 1 or above from specific standards
  • achieve UE literacy – 10 credits (five in reading and five in writing) at Level 2 or above from specific standards.
  • has a list of approved subjects, numeracy and literacy credits

If you miss an internal assessment or need an extension you must apply to Mr Lineham using the form available from the Student Centre.


If it’s an external assessment, there is only one opportunity to achieve the standard – the assessment at the end of the year.

Derived Grades

If you are affected for an external exam because of illness or a traumatic event you are entitled to a derived grade. The evidence from tests and the school exams may be used to provide NZQA with a grade for your exam. This is why doing the best you can in all assessments is so important.


Remember – it you are unsure about anything you can ask your teachers, Mr Lineham or Mr Wilson to clarify things.

Accessing Results:

These can be checked on the NZQA website. You also use this to order certificates and Record of Learning. The College will also provide Grade Status Reports for your parents that summarise your progress. We also have a ‘live’ Grade Status Report accessible through the student logon on the school website.

Logging onto your NZQA student site

Each student has a unique login to access their own information and results.

 Using your NSN number and date of birth you can register at the NZQA website.

It is recommended that your username and password be stored on your Simcard so it isn’t lost.


When will I get my results?

You will get three different documents that can show what you have achieved.

  • In January you will be able to obtain your results online showing your results from any exams and from all your internal assessments. This is accessed on the NZQA website.
  • In April, if you have qualified for NCEA, you can apply online for your NCEA Certificate.
  • You also have your own cumulative Record of Achievement which records all the standards you achieve each year.

There is a cost of $76.70 to enter. International student entries cost $383.30.

An additional charge of $30 per scholarship entry ($102.20 for International Students) exists.

You can apply for financial assistance if your guardian is on a benefit or has a level of that entitles you to a Community Services Card.