What is NCEA?

NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement) covers three levels. Level 1 is normally studied at Year 11, Level 2 at Year 12 and Level 3 is studied at Year 13. Internally assessed Achievement Standards are assessed during the year as tests, assignments or as portfolios of work; most externally assessed Achievement Standards are tested at the end of the school year as written exams called 'external exams'. Each NCEA at each Level is awarded to a student who obtains sufficient credits at the Level. Credits are obtained by achieving a grade value ('Achieved', 'Merit' or 'Excellence') from assessment of an Achievement Standard. A course of work in a subject will typically comprise 24 credits, made up of up to nine Achievement Standards (Achievement Standards have values of between 2 and 6 credits each).  More information about NCEA.