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National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is New Zealand’s main qualification for secondary school students. NCEA qualifications are organised by the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA).
There are three levels of NCEA and generally you’ll work through Levels 1 to 3 in Years 11 to 13.
In each subject, your skills and knowledge are assessed against a range of standards. These are the building blocks of national certificates, including NCEA. Each standard describes what you need to know, or what you need to be able to do, in order to meet it. When you gain a standard, you are awarded credits.
There are two types of standards - unit standards and achievement standards. They both count toward your qualifications.
Internal standards are assessed by your Te Kura teacher.
If you are studying NCEA courses, you’ll be attempting standards and gaining credits from those standards.
In each year that you gain credits, you’ll be required to pay an NCEA fee. The NCEA fee must be paid to have your credits added to your New Zealand Record of Achievement and count towards your qualifications.
We will tell you how to register and pay your fee when NCEA registration opens in June.
Te Kura collects your $76.70 NCEA fee on behalf of NZQA. The fee covers your internal credits, and registration for any external standards. Financial assistance is available to reduce the NCEA fee. If applied for, the fee is $20.00 for a single student. Credits must be paid for in the year they are gained to avoid an additional late payment fee.
If you are a young adult student – your Te Kura enrolment is free, but you must still pay for your credits.
If you are an adult student – this fee is in addition to any tuition administration fee you have paid.
If you are enrolled at another face-to-face secondary school studying NCEA courses with Te Kura, your NCEA fee will be collected by your face-to-school. It is also their responsibility to report your internal results and external entries to NZQA for your Te Kura courses.
NZQA works in partnership with schools to manage assessments for national qualifications. These are separated into internally and externally assessed standards.
Internally assessed standards are marked by your Te Kura teachers during the year. Results from your internal assessments are regularly reported to NZQA from April to December.
Completing your online NCEA registration and paying your annual NCEA fee will ensure your results are included in your New Zealand Record of Achievement and count towards your qualifications.
Externally assessed standards include end of year exams, portfolio submissions, the Maths Common Assessment Task (MCAT), NZ Scholarship and Te Kura’s overseas exams for eligible students.
If you’re still confused, NZQA provides detailed information about how NCEA works.
Check your NCEA result
Log in to NZQA to check your latest results.
To register for this service you’ll need to enter your National Student Number and date of birth to confirm your identity.
Contact your learning advisor if you don’t know your National Student Number.