Changes to NCEA 2020

The changes, affective immediately, are to:

  • Delay external NCEA examinations and New Zealand Scholarship examinations so they start on 16 November instead of 6 November, allowing another week for teaching, learning and internal assessment in Term.
  • Extend the submission date for subjects that require students to submit a portfolio, such as Art, from 28 October to 12 November 2020, giving students more time to prepare.


NCEA examinations will now finish on 9 December 2020. An amended examination timetable is available on NZQA’s website.


NZQA will implement three key changes for 2020:

  • Students working towards an NCEA can gain additional credits, based on the number of credits they achieve during the 2020 school year. For every 5 credits a student achieves towards their NCEA through internal or external assessment, they can be awarded an additional 1credit. Students at NCEA Level 1 are eligible for up to a maximum of 10 additional credits while those at Levels 2 and 3 are eligible for up to a maximum of 8 additional credits. These will be known as Learning Recognition (LR) credits.
  • Students will be awarded a certificate endorsement if they achieve 46 credits at Merit or Excellence level, rather than the usual 50. Students achieving 12 credits at Merit or Excellence level in a course – rather than 14 –will be awarded a course endorsement.
  • Current UE requirements have been reduced to 12 credits in three UE-approved subjects, from 14 credits in three approved subjects. Students still need to attain NCEA Level 3 and meet the literacy and numeracy requirement to be awarded University Entrance.


If you have questions about these changes please contact Janet Lean, Principal's Nominee (in charge of NCEA).


Page update: 3rd June 2020