National Certificates of Educational Achievement
In 2002 new secondary school qualifications were introduced in New Zealand. Most Onslow College students complete the National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA). Other certificates from the New Zealand Qualifications Framework offered include the National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trade Skills (Level 1) and the National Certificate in Tourism and Travel (Introductory Skills Level 2). Very able students enter the New Zealand Scholarship examinations.
NCEAs are recognised by employers, and used for selection by universities and polytechnics, both in New Zealand and overseas.
If you are wanting more in-depth information on NCEA please visit the NZQA website.
Internal assessments are assessed throughout the school year. These assessments are used to test student's skills and knowledge that cannot be tested in an exam, e.g. speeches, research projects and performances.
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.