Assessment and NCEA

Senior Assessment Weeks: 4 – 15 September

These two weeks of assessment in Weeks 8 and 9 of Term 3 are for practice external exams and some internal practical assessments. Year 12 and 13 students have study leave and only need to come to school for their exam/assessment. Year 11 students will be on normal class timetable, and their practice exams / assessments will take place during class time. There is no study leave for Year 11.

This link takes you to: September Exam Timetable 2023

Please Note: Students need to see Ms Ram ASAP if they have a clash.


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 2023

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 Assessment Guidelines for students.

Years 11, 12 and 13 Assessment Guidelines 2023

Years 9 and 10 Assessment Guidelines 2023

This link takes you to the 2023 NCEA and Scholarship Exam Timetable

This link takes you to the 2024 NCEA Year 11 Presentation

This link takes you to the 2024 NCEA Year 12 and 13 Presentation


Examination Period for 2023

The NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship examination period for 2023 is as follows:

STARTS: Monday 6 November 2023

ENDS: Thursday 30 November 2023

The first examination will take place on Monday 6 November 2023.

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