Assessment and NCEA

Senior Assessment Week

Now in Term 4 2021, date to be confirmed.

All senior students (Year 11 - 13) will have exams and/or workshops to attend during this assessment time. These will include internal assessments, opportunities to complete portfolio-based work or practice for the external NCEA exams. It is important that all senior students attend these workshops/exams.

This link takes you to the updated (26 August 2021), exam timetable: NZQA and Scholarship Exam Timetable 2021


NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement) Level 1-3 are certificates that most students will work towards at Lynfield College. However, it is possible to gain other certificates that are registered on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF). New Zealand Scholarship is also offered in some subjects. This is a separate, stand-alone qualification to extend high achievers.

NCEA Certificates enable students to demonstrate a wide range of skills linked to the New Zealand Curriculum. Lynfield College takes advantage of the flexibility of NCEA to offer a range of courses across a variety of subject areas. This allows our students to select courses that meet their learning needs, study at the appropriate level and follow their career pathway.

Lynfield College encourages students to strive for excellence at all levels and contexts and promotes teaching and learning strategies that motivate students to do their best. Yearly statistics published by NZQA, show that our students achieve at a level that is consistently above the national average for similar schools.

This link takes you to: NZQA Examination Information for students 2021

This link takes you to: A Guide to Understanding NCEA

Assessment Policy

Lynfield College has a system for ensuring that assessment is fair, valid and consistent. This means:

  • A range of assessment procedures and practices will be developed, and these recognise the differences in gender, culture, background and experience that students bring to their learning.
  • Assessment should be ongoing, accurate and as objective as possible.
  • The forms of assessment should be appropriate for the knowledge, skills or attitudes to be assessed.
  • The assessment processes must have credibility with all those involved in it.
  • All policies and procedures relating to assessment apply to off-site work components.
  • Assessment of standards on the New Zealand Qualification Framework (NZQF) will be based on evidence that the criteria for the standard have been met and that the requirements of both the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) and the school’s policies have been satisfied.
  • Security of the assessment and related data will be maintained in accordance with the Privacy Act (1993).

Below are links to Student Assessment Guidelines for Years 11 to 13.

Year 11 and 12 Student Guidelines to Assessment 2021

Year 13 Student Guidelines to Assessment 2021

This link takes you to the 2021 NCEA and Scholarship Exam Timetable

This link takes you to our 2021 NCEA Information Night Presentation

Examination Period for 2021

The NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship examination period for 2021 is as follows:

STARTS: Monday 22 November 2021

ENDS: Tuesday 14 December 2021

The first examination will take place on Monday 22 November 2021.

Dates will be confirmed when the examination timetable is published in December 2019.