Date
22 February 2024

Get prepared for assessment

Practice the task type

Practice the task type

Practise the skills needed in assessments, review together, reflect on learning and progress.

  • Give self-monitoring checklists and guiding questions for reading comprehension.
  • Practice highlighting key words and ideas on tests.
  • Show examples of correct and completed tests to serve as a model. Sample common assessment activities (CAA) for reading, writing, and numeracy are accessed from the 2021 Pilot on the NCEA website.
  • Provide sentence starters that show how to begin a written response.
  • Use the digital exam preparation for students to get familiar with the platform and structure of the assessments.
  • Offer opportunities to review past paper-based assessments. 
  • Build familiarity with task types in preparation for the assessment, review together, reflect on learning and progress.

Familiarise ākonga with the digital platform

Familiarise ākonga with the digital platform

Introduce ākonga to the digital platform and it's support options, such as text-to-speech and note taking tools.

Support repeated practice to build familiarity.

Identify a quiet space and allow for additional time

Identify a quiet space and allow for additional time

The Common Assessment Activities (CAA) are designed to be completed in 60 minutes, but schools and kura should allow as much time as necessary for candidates to complete the assessment in one session.

Plan ahead for: 

  • a space where ākonga can work quietly for an extended length of time
  • extended supervision for external assessments.

Build understanding of SAC

Build understanding of SAC

Ensure all ākonga are aware of SAC and their purpose.

Also ensure SACs are embedded in teaching and learning throughout the year, so all ākonga can trial various options.

All ākonga have a right to access and participate in fair and valid assessment.

As the design of the assessment may create barriers for some ākonga, SACs provide alternative access and participation options.

School/kura will approve SAC, not NZQA.

In 2023, schools and kura will approve SACs for their own ākonga in Literacy and Numeracy | Te Reo Matatini me te Pāngarau assesments.

To assess ākonga eligibility for SACs schools and kura are required to follow an evaluation process using the following guidelines from NZQA:

 NB. NZQA will not play a role in the approvals process however they can be contacted if schools and kura need guidance regarding ākonga eligibility.

 

 

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

Digital exam preparation for students

This section of the NZQA site gives students access to “Digital Exam Practice”, past digital exams, and a checklist to prepare for digital exams.

Publisher: New Zealand Qualifications Authority

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Website

Supporting Teaching and Learning in Te Reo Matatini me te Pāngarau | Literacy and Numeracy

Read time: 2 min

There are many tools for kaiako to assess whether ākonga are at the right level for assessment. Read descriptions of each tool. Some of these tools are diagnostic, some are judgement based. Please ensure you use the right tool(s) for you and your ākonga.

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Assistive Technology Inventory Research Summary: NCEA Online Programme (November 2020)

Read time: 38 min

This research was undertaken as part of the NCEA Online Research and Innovation Trials to support students who require additional support in assessments. It includes Information on assistive technology tools being used by NZ students and the appropriateness of each tool in an assessment setting.

Publisher: New Zealand Qualifications Authority

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Guide to Index of the guide: Dyslexia and learning

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