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External Examinations

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

A derived grade form can be collected from the School Office. Please inform the school if you intend applying for a Derived Grade. Please note the due date to hand in all Derived Grade application forms to Onslow College is 12:00 noon on 5 December 2018

This is to ensure that all applications can be checked and uploaded before the cutoff at 12:00 noon on 7 December 2018. Please hand in all Derived Grade application forms to the office.

If you have any queries or concerns please contact the Principal's Nominee
Esme Danielsen on
04 478 8189 ext 862.

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.