Hundreds of thousands prepare for final exams

By Staff reporter

More than 143,000 candidates are preparing for this year's NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship examinations, which are set to begin on Friday.

The first examination to be held is New Zealand Scholarship Drama, on Friday morning and the final exam, NCEA Level 2 Spanish, is set to be held on the afternoon of Tuesday, December 4.

NZQA Deputy Chief Executive Qualifications Richard Thornton said a total of over 1.4 million individual standard entries have been entered for the examinations.

"rganising the national NCEA examinations is a mammoth task _ the number of students going into examination rooms this year could fill Eden Park three times over,'' he said.

Level 1 English will be the first major examination session, with slightly more than 46,000 candidates due to sit the examination at 9.30am on Monday, November 12.

The smallest is New Zealand Scholarship Latin, with 19 candidates.

Mr Thornton said this year's examination period consisted of 120 NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship examination sessions, with another 35 non-examination based external assessments - including portfolio and drama assessments.

Across the board, this year there are 63,956 candidates entered at Level 1, 56,011 candidates at Level 2 and 39,618 candidates at Level 3.

There are also 10,335 candidates entered in 35 New Zealand Scholarship subjects.

Mr Thornton said a large number of candidates were set to sit exams at more than one level.

A team of about 1,850 markers from around the country will mark all papers by the end of the year, with NCEA results expected to be released online from mid-January.

Students who wish to receive a paper copy of results notices in the mail need to make this request via the NZQA website by the end of December.

The full examination timetable is available on the NZQA website.

2012 NCEA exams facts and figures:

143,100 candidates have entered a total of 1,412,000 million entries in NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship examinations.

Approximately 2 million items of printed materials (booklets, folders) will be produced.

There are 120 examination sessions held at 400 examination centres throughout New Zealand.

There are approximately 1,850 markers and 4,600 examination supervisors and Examination Centre Managers.

NZQA's website is visited about 60,000 times on the day before examinations start.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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