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The NCEA education system for anyone who plans to study at high school in New Zealand

In New Zealand, students receive close attention from teachers. with a friendly, safe and caring atmosphere and parents can be assured that All schools in New Zealand passed educational standards and Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students 2016.

The New Zealand education system is well equipped in all areas and teaching staff. Being at the forefront of the world, students can rest assured that a New Zealand education will provide them with the skills and knowledge they need for both their future careers and their lives in today’s world in this article It describes the study of the NCEA New Zealand system.

The NCEA (National Certificate of Education Achievement) is a certificate for students graduating from New Zealand High School (High School) who will be recognized internationally. NZQA audited, certificates are flexible. and can be assigned personally according to their abilities and interests of each student Students may study one or more subjects at a higher level. It is a primary qualification for high school students in New Zealand.

Students must ensure that the subjects they take on those NCEA certificate programs correspond to their entry into universities or other institutions of higher learning in New Zealand and in other countries. which teachers of students can help with choosing the subjects that students want. The NCEA certificate is divided into 3 levels as follows:

The NCEA certificate offers a wide selection of subjects at suitable for students

The NCEA certificate is very flexible and can be adjusted according to the abilities and interests of each student Students may study one subject or Many subjects at a higher level if they have the potential. For example, if a student is studying at NCEA Level 2 (Year 12) but is good at math. Students can also study mathematics at Level 3.

Each year, students can choose from more than 40 subjects, depending on the school. What subjects are taught? In Year 11, students may choose a variety of subjects such as English, Mathematics, Science, and a few other subjects. In Year 12 and Year 13, students will need to think about the areas they would like to focus on in order to use for further study or future career.

To obtain university entrance qualification, students need to earn credits in subjects on the list of approved subjects to qualify for university admission, and they need to meet literacy and literacy requirements. This includes speaking and listening (Literacy) and skills using numbers, measurements and statistics (Numeracy) as compulsory subjects. to keep credit in the category of basic learning

  • Numeracy is a computational subject. and statistical skills or knowledge of basic mathematics.
  • Literacy is a subject related to reading, writing, speaking and listening English or basic knowledge of English.

Assessment or placement test

The NCEA certificate offers schools the opportunity to Develop a course of study in accordance with student needs and evaluate what students have learned to meet the standards. (Skills and knowledge that schools expect students to learn.) Most students are tested or assessed in two combinations:

  • Internal Assessment, which is assessed as determined by each school and graded. by taking the exam during the semester or working for a teacher
  • External Assessment, set and graded by the New Zealand Qualifications Standards Agency (NZQA), which monitors that assessments are fair in all secondary schools in New Zealand. The exam will be held together every year during November


After the exam Schools will submit the NZQA Central Entrance Examinations. The NZQA will distribute the exams to different schools. to alternate and sent back to NZQA, which will be completed around January of the following year. The measurements will be divided into 4 levels as follows:

  1. Not Achieved failed
  2. Achievement Qualified
  3. Merit passed the criteria with a good score
  4. Excellence passed with an excellent score

Merit and Excellence are awarded a special Endorsement Certificate, which guarantees that students perform well above the standard. High-achieving students at each level are awarded the NCEA Certificate of Merit or the NCEA Certificate of Excellence. Take a university course and impress employers.

Advantages of the NCEA Diploma

The NCEA certificate is a national qualification for those who have graduated from school. and is well accepted abroad It is also well accepted by employers. and used for the selection of university students in New Zealand and other countries. An independent research report found that If students have good grades in the NCEA certificate, they have a good chance of doing well in their first year at university.

Students who have completed NCEA Level 3 can attend universities all over the world. including prestigious universities such as Oxford University in the UK and Harvard University in the US. Applications from NCEA-certified students are also accepted.

New Zealand Qualification Types

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