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External Examinations

NZQA Exam - Tutorial Schedule 29 November - 3 December - CLICK HERE


NZQA Exam - Tutorial Schedule 6 December - 10 December - CLICK HERE

A number of standards are assessed externally, i.e. not by a school's teachers. There are two types of external assessment - the examinations in an examination room and portfolios and submissions, where you develop your work in class over a period of time before it is sent for marking.

External Examinations

In most subjects, students sit an exam at the end of the school year which covers the externally assessed standards. Exams are written and marked by teachers contracted to NZQA for that purpose. All candidates for a subject sit the exam at the same time, wherever they are. All their answers are marked to the same standard. Unless specifically excluded by the assessment specifications, candidates can present their answers in Te Reo Māori. In most subjects, candidates can request the exam booklet in Te Reo Māori.

Portfolios and Submissions

Some Technology, Visual Arts, Design and Visual Communication (DVC) and Education for Sustainability standards require you to submit a portfolio or collection of work.

Students must meet NZQA's specifications, timelines and authentication requirements for work being assessed externally by portfolio and submission. Your teacher will explain what this means for their subject. All work you hand in for marking must be your own and properly referenced.

Links and Downloads


Links to information on the NZQA website to help students prepare for exams, access results and or simply to seek further information.

External Examination Information



Derived Grade Information


Link to information on the process and what is for:


Derived Grade

Derived Grade for National Representation - Pre Approval

Derived Grade due to changes in Exam Timetable - Pre Approval


If you have any queries or concerns please contact the Principal's Nominee
Melanie McIntosh on 
04 478 8189

Unexpected Event Grade

For emergency situations that affect multiple students or for students awaiting a COVID 19 test result &/or required too self-isolate & therefore miss their NZQA Exam.

Please contact Ms McIntosh asap.

Important - All students must bring their admission slip to the examinations. You can print one from NZQA using the Learner Login then it must be signed by the School Office.

Download the Onslow College NCEA Assessment Handbook 2021


Onslow College Appeal Process

Important NZQA Exam Assemblies


COVID Alert Level 2:

No Assembly.  Students will watch a video from the school’s Exam Centre Manager during Ako time.  Please see video below:

 Year 11 Exam Preparation 2021.mp4

COVID Alert Level 1: 

·       Year 11 Wednesday 3/11 11.55-12.25pm.

·       Year 12 Friday 5/11 11.45am-12.05pm.

·       Year 13 Friday 5/11 12.10pm-12.30pm.


Exam Admission Slips. 

These will be handed out in Ako on Wednesday 10 November.

Students need to check their entries carefully and let me, Ms McIntosh, know if there are any mistakes or missing information such as external entries for a subject.

Candidate Presentation - CLICK HERE