How NCEA works


The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is the main national qualification for secondary school students in New Zealand.

NCEAs are recognised by employers, and used for selection by universities and polytechnics, both in New Zealand and overseas.

How it works

  • Each year, students study a number of courses or subjects.
  • In each subject, skills and knowledge are assessed against a number of standards. For example, a Mathematics standard could be: Apply numeric reasoning in solving problems.
  • Schools use a range of internal and external assessments to measure how well students meet these standards.
  • When a student achieves a standard, they gain a number of credits. Students must achieve a certain number of credits to gain an NCEA certificate.
  • There are three levels of NCEA certificate, depending on the difficulty of the standards achieved. In general, students work through levels 1 to 3 in years 11 to 13 at school.
  • Students are recognised for high achievement at each level by gaining NCEA with Merit or NCEA with Excellence.
  • High achievement in a course is also recognised.

For more information, read about Endorsements.


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NCEA Results on the Parent Portal

The Parent Portal provides caregivers with real time information on notices, the school calendar, student details such as their address, timetable, attendance, NCEA summary, This year's results including NCEA results for senior students, all results, fees information, career information and reports are all presented in a way that can be downloaded and printed.

How do I access it?

A Login is needed for all information except Notices, News and The School Calendar. A username and password can be obtained from the school office or email

NCEA Mobile Apps

NZQA has a mobile App called NCEA Guide written for parents, whānau and employers

The App provides quick and easy access to key information about NCEA. Content can be viewed in English and Te Reo Māori.

The App makes practical information about NCEA more easily accessible and enables parents and whānau to access simple content about how NCEA works and how they can support family members studying for NCEA.

The NCEA Guide App is free to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Get it now:

How it Works on Video

The first of these videos is in English while the second video is in Te Reo.

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