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NCEA Information

1. NCEA Assessment Procedures Information - details for Year 12 and 13 students and whānau

Assessment Procedures Student Handbook 2024


2. Overview

In Year 11 we do not complete Level 1 NCEA. Instead we provide a semesterised programme that includes non-NCEA topics. Year 11 students are not enrolled in NCEA external exams, instead they complete the year in mid - November.   For more details please click the link below.

Year 11 Overview - Families

Year 11 students can obtain a Year 11 Diploma. This includes academic and attendance components.  Please click here for further details Year 11 Diploma Criteria

Students are presented with the Diploma at the Year 11 prizegiving in November.

Guides to NCEA –for students and whānau
The Guide to NCEA – our booklet for students and whānau explaining how NCEA works - has been updated for 2024 to include the Literacy and Numeracy | Te Reo Matatini me te Pāngarau co-requisite. You can read or download copies from our website here.


3. Literacy and Numeracy

In Year 10 students have opportunities to obtain NCEA Literacy and Numeracy. These are required in addition to 60 Level 2 or 3 credits to gain Level 2 & 3 NCEA qualifications. The Literacy and Numeracy assessments are digital exams that are set by NZQA at specified times during the year. The Literacy digital exam has two separate components, Reading and Writing (worth 5 credits each). Numeracy (worth 10 credits) involves one exam only. If students do not obtain NCEA Literacy (Reading & Writing) and Numeracy in Year 10 they will have further opportunities in Year 11 and beyond.

For further NCEA Literacy and Numeracy details please click the links below

NCEA Literacy & Numeracy Explained Simply

 Writing Help at Home

Here are some resources that have been used at school for students and whānau to practice at home.

School Resources

4. NCEA Level 2 and 3

In Year 12 and 13 students are able to gain NCEA Level 2 and 3, University Entrance and Scholarship.  NCEA is managed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). Find out more about the qualification on their website.

NCEA Explained Simply

2023 Derived Grade Timetable

Creating an NZQA account

Year 12 & 13 NCEA Quiz

NCEA Student Exam Information Sheet

NCEA Exam Rooming Information

2024 NCEA National Examination Timetable click here

 In addition to NCEA Level 2 & 3, Year 13 & 13 students can gain the Year 12 Diploma and Year 13 Graduation Diploma respectively. These are presented at each Year Levels prizegiving/Graduation. For further details please click the links below.

Year 12 Diploma Criteria

Year 13 Graduation Diploma Criteria

In Term Four the following information will be distributed to Yr 12 & 13 students in Linc Class.

a) Personalised Student Exam Admission Slip

This is a personalised exam timetable that students need to take into each exam room. It is important that students do not write on this sheet.  If there are any errors on this sheet please email the school office on Unclaimed Admission Slips are available from the school office.

b) NCEA Exam Rooming Sheet

Rooming details will be supplied in Term 3 for students. There is important details on the reverse side on this sheet, including what to do if a student is unable to sit an exam due to medical or exceptional circumstances. A derived grade may apply in these circumstances. Any derived grade application queries should be sent to Mr Melton ( as soon as possible.

c) NCEA Exam Candidate Information Sheet 

This publication from NZQA summarises the exam rules and regulations. NZQA manage the exams and have overall responsibility for them.

Any unclaimed sheets are available from the school office.


5. Students Accessing NCEA Results Online

Your end of year external exam results will be published online by NZQA in mid-January (and scholarship results mid-February). They are not sent out by mail. Here's how you can register to access them online:

a) Go to or select the “get your results” link under the “school student and parents” heading at the bottom of the home page of the NZQA website (

b) Click register

c) Complete your details online.

You'll need your 9-digit National Student Number (NSN) to register, which is on your exam admission slip. Or you can get it by:

  • Asking for it at the school office before school, during interval, or at lunchtime.

  • Phoning NZQA toll free on 0800 697 296 during business hours and requesting it

  •  Once you have registered online, your learner login also allows you to:
  • Request a hardcopy of your Record of Achievement, NCEA certificate and School Results Summary. They are not sent out unless requested online.

  • Reprint your admission slip if you have misplaced it (you can’t get into an exam room without it).

  • Access your internal NCEA results throughout the year. 


6. 20234 Assessment Diaries

Year 12 Internal NCEA 2024 Assessment Diary

Year 13 Internal Assessment 2024 Assessment Diary


7. Bibliography Information

The following example shows the format that can be used for NCEA assessments that require bibliographies.

  Lincoln High School Bibliographical Details

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