Individual NCEA subjects are subdivided into Achievement Standards, some of which are assessed internally during the academic year and some externally through the NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority) examinations at the end of the year. Each successful assessment earns credits that contribute to a Certificate at Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3. Most subjects offer between 16-20 credits.
How many Credits are needed?
Each subject has a set number of Achievement Standards with each Standard worth a set number of credits that count towards the NCEA.
Including 10 in literacy and 10 in numeracy, there are four different levels of assessed results for Achievement Standards:
Not Achieved (N or NA) — The student has not met the required standard
Achieved (A) — The student has met the required standard
Merit (M) — The student has achieved the standard with Merit
Excellence (E) — The student has achieved the standard with Excellence