The National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) is New Zealand's national secondary school qualification. NCEA is regulated by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).


NZQA's parent help website for NCEA can be viewed here. It has lots of useful information. This YouTube video also provides a useful overview.

Please follow this link below to view the Rangiora High School's NCEA Student Handbook. The handbook outlines all the school's senior assessment policies and procedures:


NZQA Principal's Nominee


Every New Zealand school has a Principal's Nominee who liases with NZQA, has expertise in NCEA regulations and keeps all school staff informed of NCEA procedures and developments. If you have questions related to any aspect of NCEA at Rangiora High School, please contact our Principal's Nominee, Mrs Carolyn Lane, by clicking here or by telephoning +64 3 3118888 (extension 2608).


NCEA is a free qualification


As part of the NCEA changes announced by the Government on 14 May 2019, there are now no entry fees for NCEA from 2019 (including for 2019). As per the email we sent to parents/caregivers on 15 May 2019, the NCEA fee that appears on your school account will be removed. You no longer have to pay this. If you have already paid this fee ($76.70) to the school for 2019, it will be refunded to your student’s credit balance OR if you wish the fee to be refunded into your bank account, please email with your bank account details.


NCEA Examination Timetable


The NCEA (Levels 1-3) and New Zealand Scholarship examination sessions are all three hours. The examination sessions all commence at either 9.30am or 2.00pm. The timetable for the NCEA examinations can be viewed here.


Understanding NCEA


NCEA Level 1 is gained by earning 80+ credits at Level 1 or above. Students must also meet Level 1 literacy requirements in English or Te Reo Maori and Level 1 numeracy requirements in Mathematics to gain NCEA Level 1.


NCEA Level 2 is gained by earning 80+ credits (60+ from Level 2 or above and 20 from any other level).


NCEA Level 3 is gained by earning 80+ credits (60+ from Level 3 or above and 20 from Level 2 or above).


Level 3 students can gain University Entrance (UE) by earning 14 credits in each of two approved subjects and 14 more credits across two other approved subjects. To gain UE students must also meet UE literacy requirements at Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori and UE numeracy requirements at Level 1 or higher in Mathematics.


For example, a student has 45 Level 1 credits, 25 Level 2 credits and 18 Level 3 credits. Therefore, assuming the student has met the Level 1 literacy and numeracy requirements, the student has:


Level 1 NCEA = 45+25+18 credits = 88 credits = gained NCEA Level 1
Level 2 NCEA = 20+25+18 credits = 63 credits towards NCEA Level 2
Level 3 NCEA = 20+18 credits = 38 credits towards NCEA Level 3


NCEA Certificate Endorsement


At any level, students who gain the required number of total credits with Merit or Excellence will have their NCEA certificate endorsed by NZQA. The endorsement requirements are as follows:


50 credits from one level at Merit or Excellence = Certificate endorsed with Merit
50 credits from one level at Excellence = Certificate endorsed with Excellence



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