Changes to NCEA 2020

Changes to NCEA 2020

The Ministry of Education and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) are making changes to NCEA this year in a two-step process designed to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

The changes, effective 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 4
  • 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.

In the near future, NZQA will be working with Universities New Zealand to review University Entrance requirements for 2020. We will update families with changes once they become clear.