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6 facts you need to know about NCEA Level 3

Your teen is heading into NCEA Level 3, up next is work or university. So, what should you be aware of during your teen's final year? Here are 6 facts you need to know.

NCEA is the final year of study for a New Zealand high school but passing doesn't guarantee entry to university

  1. University Entrance isn't a sure thing
    The national average for students gaining University Entrance (UE) in 2014 was only about 40%. If your teen wants to go to university they need to understand the requirements to meet UE and track their progress throughout the year to make sure they meet the criteria. Even if you're teen doesn't want to go to university, gaining UE should be encouraged so they can keep their options open.
  2. Not all subjects are created equal 
    This goes back to our first point, University Entrance (UE). Not all subjects are UE approved. When your teen is choosing subjects they shouldn't limit their options by eliminating university from their future. They may not have an idea of what they want to study at uni, but it's important to keep their options open. Make sure they consult with their dean when choosing subjects before their Level 3 year starts. 
  3. 60 (or 80) credits are required 
    A student who has completed Level 2 will only be required to accumulate 60 credits from Level 3 or higher. This is because 20 credits from their Level 2 certificate will be 'rolled over', bringing their total to the '80 credits' required. A student who hasn't completed Level 2 must achieve a minimum of 80 credits - 60 at Level 3 and higher and 20 additional at Level 2 or higher.
  4. Endorsements should be encouraged
    There is a way for top students to distinguish themselves, this is through course endorsements and certificate endorsements earned through achievement standard courses. For more about course and certificate endorsements and how students can achieve this download this FREE eBook.
  5. Benchmark exams could be their saving grace 
    Students are usually required to sit benchmark (practice) exams towards the end of Term 3. Some students don't bother studying for these exams because they believe they're not the 'real deal.' This is the wrong approach to take. Your teen should study just as hard for their benchmark exams as they will for their end-of-year exams. When a crisis occurs preventing a student from completing their end-of-year exams then their benchmark grades will be used as their final result. This recently happened with the 7.5 magnitude earthquake that prevented Canterbury and Wellington students from sitting their exams.
  6. You can track their progress online
    You can monitor your teen's progress online through NCEA Track. This online tool is a great way to see if your teen is on their way to passing or if they need some extra help to get across the line.  You can log in at any time throughout the year.

What to find out more about NCEA? Download our eBook - Getting to grips with NCEA.

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